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18 Ways to Get Rid of Oily Skin

Having oily skin isn’t all bad. Those natural oils protect and preserve the skin—meaning people with that natural glow typically have fewer wrinkles, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But with those perks comes quite a few annoyances, like a super-shiny face, clogged pores, breakouts, and the horror of watching your makeup melt off by mid-afternoon.

So what causes oily skin, anyway? “On a biological level, oily skin is caused by hormonal stimulation of the sebaceous glands (oil glands),” says San Diego-based board-certified dermatologist Melanie Palm, MD. “Oil produced is excreted from the gland through our pores to the surface of the skin, causing a characteristic shiny or slick appearance.”

Oil glands tend to be clustered in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, nose, mid-cheeks, and chin (better known as the T-zone), says Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD. (Hence why these areas tend to look super-greasy if you’re prone to oily skin. )

The amount of oil that’s produced varies from person to person, and things like hormonal changes (menstruation, pregnancy, menopause), diet, stress, and even the weather can all influence the amount of oil churned out by your skin. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to get oily skin under control—and we went to the experts to find out exactly what to do.

How to Get Rid of Oily Skin

1. Read the labels on your skincare products

Certain keywords and ingredients can indicate whether skincare products will help you tame oil production or make it worse. “Use products labelled with terms like ‘non-comedogenic,’ ‘non-acnegenic,’ ‘doesn’t clog pores,’ or ‘won’t cause breakouts,’” says David Lortscher, MD, California-based board-certified dermatologist and CEO of Curology. “This indicates the manufacturer considers the product to be designed for people with oily or acne-prone skin. ” It’s not a guarantee, he adds, since everyone’s skin reacts differently, but it can be a useful guideline.

      Also, look for active ingredients that help the oil gland function more normally, like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide, zinc, retinoids, and sulfur. “Lighter formulations are likely to be better tolerated—these include serums, gels, lotions, or powders, rather than creams or ointments,” says Dr. Palm.

      If you’re unsure about a product, Dr. Lortscher recommends using cosDNA.com to research your skincare products in their database. Pull up and run the ingredient list through the “analyze cosmetics” section, and check out the “acne” column: If there are any 3s, 4s, or 5s listed, consider swapping out the product for a different one.

      2. Use an oil-fighting cleanser

      Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to use an aggressive face wash to de-grease your skin—in fact, going too strong may cause rebound oil production. Go with a gentle foaming cleanser instead, says Dr. Lortscher, preferably one that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which penetrate your pores and keeps them gunk-free. Try the following dermatologist approved options:

      Cetaphil Pro DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash


      Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Facial Cleanser

      Eau Thermale Avene Cleansing Foam

      CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

      3. Then, let your cleanser do the work

      Scrubbing your skin can strip your skin of its natural protective oils and, paradoxically, trigger increased oil production. “The goal is to remove physical dirt and emulsify the excess oils and grease so they rinse off—it isn’t to irritate your skin,” says Dr. Shainhouse. Simply wet your skin, and using a nickel-sized amount of cleanser, lather up the product and gently massage it onto your face. Your cleanser will take care of the rest.

      4. But don’t wash your face too often

      It can be tempting to wash your face several times a day with oil-zapping cleansers to keep your skin looking matte, but doing so can actually backfire. “When you over-wash, you remove the protective natural oils, which can leave your skin feeling dry, tight, and parched,” says Dr. Shainhouse. Because your skin can’t produce its own moisture, it responds to the dryness by making more oil. To stop this cycle, only wash your face in the morning, at night, and after exercise.

      5. Tweak your toner usage

      Don’t use drying toners (think: alcohol-based), apple cider vinegar, or rubbing alcohol to evict grease from your skin. “These solutions will physically remove surface grease, but dry out the top layer of your skin,” says Dr. Shainhouse, and potentially lead to rebound oil production. If you feel like you need a toner step, Dr. Shainhouse recommends going with a micellar water that contains both astringent (charcoal, witch hazel) and moisturizing ingredients (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera) to both mattify and protect your skin.

      If your skin can tolerate micellar water without getting irritated, consider a gentle formula like Simple Micellar Water (it’s great for sensitive skin, says Dr. Shainhouse) or La Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water for Oily Skin, which cleanses, hydrates (with glycerin) and keeps oil production at bay (with zinc).

      6. Never skip moisturizer

      It seems counterintuitive to moisturize skin that’s always shiny and greasy, but doing so gives your skin an added layer of protection against rebound oil production, says Dr. Shainhouse. Apply a light, oil-free moisturizer after washing your face (or toning if you want to include that step), such EltaMD AM Therapy or Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

      7. Always wear sunscreen

      Sunscreen doesn’t have to make your face look greasy, so long as you choose the right product for your skin type. Opt for a lightweight formula that contains mineral blockers, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, says Dr. Shainhouse. Chemical formulations are fine too—just make sure to choose a gel or light liquid formula that’s made for faces.

      Dr. Palm’s top pick is Elta MD Clear SPF 46, as it’s a non-comedogenic formulation that contains no heavy moisturizers. Plus, “zinc oxide and niacinamide are anti-inflammatory and don’t promote oil production,” she says. And if you find you’re still on the shiny side, use a loose mineral powder sunscreen for touch-ups, such as Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection SPF 50, suggests Dr. Shainhouse.

      Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

      Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

      EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen SPF 46

      OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel

      8. Apply a mattifying agent

      Applying a mattifying agent—after sunscreen and before makeup—can help control shine during the day. Dr. Palm recommends OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel: “It contains a polymer called acrysorb, which attaches to and absorbs oil on the skin,” she says. Best of all, it helps to reduce shine for up to eight hours.

      9. Switch up your makeup

      Switching makeup products from creams to powders is a great way to keep excess oil in check, says Heidi Prather, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Creamy makeups can give off a cakey vibe and leave more room for clogged pores to take shape, whereas mineral-based powders are non-comedogenic and help to soak up shine. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, for example, controls oil and draws out impurities without drying your skin, while RMS Beauty “Un” Powder acts as a translucent setting powder, keeping oil at bay and minimizing pores without any pesky white residue.

      10. Exfoliate weekly

      It’s important not to over-exfoliate or you can actually cause an uptick in oil production—exfoliating once or twice a week should do the trick. “I generally recommend non-particle based chemical exfoliants that contain a combination of glycolic and salicylic acids,” says Dr. Palm. This combo effectively lifts off excess oil and dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores in the process. Try the Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads after cleansing or SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser as your first step.

      11. Add retinoids to your repertoire

      Regular use of retinoids helps to shrink sebaceous glands and reduce oiliness, says Dr. Prather. But take note: When you’re a newbie to retinoids, they can dry the skin’s surface and induce peeling, so you may find that you wake up with greasier skin in the beginning, that dissipates once your skin adjusts, says Dr. Shainhouse.

      Most retinoids require a prescription from your dermatologist, but you can find one over-the-counter: Differin Gel, which is raved about for its ability to reduce acne. To help prevent the initial uptick in oil production, you can also start with a retinol cream at night (a gentler sister to retinoids) like RoC Retinol Correxion Night Cream or Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair before you work your way up to a stronger formulation.

      Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

      Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

      RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

      Kate Somerville ‘EradiKate’ Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment

      12. Apply a sulfur mask a few times a week

      Not only does sulfur draw impurities out of the skin, it’s also anti-inflammatory, helping to calm irritation within the hair follicle-oil gland unit that can cause oil production to go into OT, says Dr. Palm. Sulfur masks (like Kate Somerville’s EradiKate Foam-Activated Mask) should be rinsed off completely with water or a gentle cleanser. If skin feels tight post-mask, apply your go-to moisturizer to avoid rebound oil production.

      13. Keep a stash of blotting papers handy

      When you need to sop up excess oil on the go, blotting papers make for a convenient quick fix, says Dr. Prather, who recommends using Tatcha Japanese Blotting Papers. They’re made with abaca leaf and gold flakes for a natural product that helps to absorb excess oil sans messing up your makeup. Gently press onto your face to absorb the oil, then mosey on with your day.

      14. Mist your way to cool skin

      Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water

      Research suggests that hot and humid climates can trigger excess sebum production. (Cue sad trombone.) “Avoiding overheating during the spring and summer months can help to minimize the amount of sweat and oil production on the skin,” says Dr. Prather. Water sprays, such as Avene Thermal Spring Water, can be misted onto your face to cool you off without increasing oil or shine.

      15. Avoid touching your face

      It’s super-tempting to touch your face, especially when you’re stressed out or deep in thought—but when your skin is already oily, the last thing you want to do is transfer more oil from your hands to your face, not to mention dirt and bacteria. “The repetitive action of touching your face can further clog pores and result in acne,” says Dr. Prather. Only touch your face (with clean hands) when you’re cleansing or applying sunscreen, moisturizer, and makeup.

      16. Cut back on sugar and refined carbs

      Eating sugar and refined carbs—say, like white bread, sweet drinks, and junk foods—causes your blood sugar levels to spike and your pancreas to release insulin to level things out, says Dr. Lortscher. Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) production is stimulated, which can boost oil production and acne severity. Do your best to nix sugar and refined carbs from your diet, and replace them with foods that are considered low GI (meaning they don’t spike blood sugar), such as high-fiber, unprocessed foods—whole grains, seeds, legumes, veggies, and many fruits (strawberries, peaches, mangoes).

      17. Drink spearmint tea

      Traditional Medicinals Organic Spearmint Herbal Tea

      The science is not crystal clear yet, but there’s some convincing evidence that drinking two cups of organic spearmint tea per day can reduce blood levels of circulating androgens, which are male-type hormones that all women have. “Androgens trigger oil gland production, and can worsen acne, so reducing levels of circulating androgens through drinking spearmint tea may conceivably help oiliness,” says Dr. Lortscher. If you want to give it a whirl, stick to just two cups per day, and keep tabs on your shine level.

      18. Get your stress levels in check

      “During stressful times, our bodies tend to produce more cortisol, and this also triggers excess oil production,” says Dr. Lortscher. Do your best to create pockets of time throughout the day to partake in stress-busting practices, such as relaxation techniques (yoga, deep breathing), workouts (power walking, dancing), and downtime rituals (dinner with buds, Netflix and actually chilling).

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      What is congested skin, and how can you prevent it from turning into acne?

      Between environmental aggressors, humidity, sweat, sebum and dead skin cells, it’s safe to conclude that your pores don’t have it easy. The penalty for clogged pores ranges from blackheads to untimely acne breakouts, but recurring blockages could be a harbinger of congested skin. What exactly does it mean and how do you find your way out of this skincare landmine? It’s too easy to go with your first instinct—to go exfoliation-crazy and try to slough off all bumps while cleansing enough times to totally strip the skin of oil. It might work in the short term, but the lack of oil and the over-exfoliation will likely cause the skin to fight back—leaving you stuck with more breakouts and redness than you had in the first place. We got celebrity dermatologist Dr Jamuna Pai and Hinaa Khan, education head at Dermalogica India, to detail everything you need to do for returning balance to congested skin.

      What is congested skin?

      Dr Pai says, “Congested skin is characterised by its appearance which is rough in texture and has multiple open pores and comedones. The latter is caused due to dead skin cell buildup and related debris, further compounded by the lack of easy lymphatic drainage.” Khan further elaborates, “Congested skin isn’t just one thing; it’s the summation of a lot of things. If your skin is congested, you might notice bumpiness underneath the skin, blackheads, small whiteheads, breakouts and a general dull appearance.”

      What are the causes and symptoms of congested skin?

      “This skin condition can occur due to overactive sebaceous glands, triggered by hormonal fluctuations, an unhealthy diet, the lack of a regular skincare routine, using incorrect skincare products and so on. Congested skin feels bumpy to touch and has prominent whiteheads and blackheads, especially on the cheeks and the T-zone,” recommends the Mumbai-based dermatologist.

      Khan explains, “Tackling skin congestion can feel like a never-ending process; you might try things that your friend swears by, but don’t quite work for you. But if you follow the basics of adequate cleansing, exfoliation and hydration, you’ll be on your way to glowy skin again. In order to return balance to your skin, it’s important to get to the root of the problem, which means clearing out your clogged pores. The best way to clean the surface of your skin is a strict cleansing routine, regular exfoliation with hydroxy acids and using non-comedogenic skincare products. Ensure that you remove make-up with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a soap-free, purifying cleanser and hydration.”

      How To Get Rid Of Clogged Pores

      You’ve overcome acne, treated the scars and dealt with those pesky blackheads but there’s one thing preventing you from achieving seamless skin – enlarged pores – and you aren’t alone.

      ‘Although we may not like the size of our pores, they do have a purpose,’ says Lorraine Scrivener, skin expert and director of the Eden Skin Clinic. ‘They are tiny openings to hair follicles and each one produces a natural oil which helps us maintain healthy skin. These oils protect us against infection, dryness and skin chapping.’

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      While pores serve an important function, there is no denying that they can be unsightly and annoying, especially as we so often find ourselves the target of megapixel smartphone cameras on a daily basis – but to quash what you may have heard about pores, there is actually no real way to ‘close’ them up.

      ‘It is a myth to think that certain products such as toners and other treatments close pores,’ says consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Dr. Anjali Mahto. ‘Many can simply minimise the appearance of them only and this is because pores don’t have muscles around them allowing them to open or close.’

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      What Causes Enlarged Pores?

      Whilst many of us may have inherited pores on the larger side from our parents (thanks mum and dad), there are a few other causes that you might not be aware of, some we can control and other’s we can’t:

      • Ageing: ‘we naturally lose collagen and elastin which are the proteins that give the skins its strength and elasticity’ explains Dr Nicole Uchendu, Aesthetic and wellness doctor at TWN Clinic.
      • Hormones: ‘increased levels of androgen hormones (such as testosterone) are a contributing factor to acne. In acne, there is an overproduction of oil along with trapped dirt and dead skin cells, which cause blocked and enlarged pores’.
      • Sun Damage: I know, we keep going on about this but UV light really is the skin’s enemy. It causes skin to lose elasticity, so pores become more dilated.
      • Environmental Pollutants: These can block and stretch out pores, making them appear larger.

        What we put on our skin also effects the size of our pores. Dr Nicole Uchendu lists the big ones to avoid: ‘Coconut oil, marula oil, and palm oil are all very commonly used in skin products. Though they may be very hydrating, they can also be extremely comedogenic. Lanolins are hailed for their conditioning properties for the skin, but may also cause pore blockage. Thick and heavy creams such as petroleum, coco butter and shea butter can also be culprits for blocked and enlarged pores’.

        So if we can’t get rid of enlarged pores entirely, what are the most effective ways to diminish them?


        How To Minimise Pores

        1. Opt For A Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

        Not just for healing acne or blasting scars, laser treatment can also help shrink the appearance of pores, as each light pulse works to smooth and refine while encouraging collagen, which plumps up the skin for a more flawless look.

        ‘Pores are slightly larger in between the eyebrows, nose and on the chin,’ says Lorraine, but lasers can really help rejuvenate these areas, making the pore appear more reduced. If you’re not prepared for downtime, choose a non-ablative laser such as ND:YAD, the Alexandrite laser or a light-based treatment like IPL. They aren’t exactly painful but clients may feel a warm sensation or the feeling of an elastic band being flicked on to the skin.’

        With that in mind, each laser machine and technique can vary between 3 to 4 twenty or thirty minute sessions, but not all lasers are suitable for all skin types. Lorraine suggests booking in for a thorough consultation and a patch test to determine which one is suitable for you.

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        2. Incorporate Tretinoin or Retinol Into Your Skincare Routine

        Tretinoin – which assumes the brand name Retin-A – is a form of vitamin A which encourages the skin to renew itself at lightening speed, and while it is largely used to treat acne, there is now good evidence to suggest that it can reduce pore size, too.

        ‘With continued use, retinoid products can help the appearance of pore size,’ says Dr. Mahto. ‘Prescription strength tretinoin 0.05% is an effective pore-minimising agent and it also has the ability to improve wrinkles and pigmentation. While Tretinoin works well, you need to remember that it is a strong agent and can cause dryness and irritation. In this situation, an over the counter retinol product could be a more reasonable option. Retinols are weaker agents that come in varying strengths but cause less irritation.’

        Lorraine also agrees that it is so important to get it right when using potent products such as these. ‘Prolonged use of products like Retin-A is not advised,’ she says. ‘It can actually cause photosensitivity, so a high sun factor is always needed, but other side effects can be dry, red and irritated skin, so a cream like this should only be used on affected areas.’

        If you experience these side effects after a while, be sure to make an appointment with a skincare specialist to discuss other options.

        3. Try A Micro-Needling Treatment

        Not as painful or scary as it sounds, the medical grade micro-needling technique uses a number of virtually undetectable needles which create even smaller micro-channels in the skin to remodel collagen and to encourage a healing response in the deeper layers. In turn, this works to diminish the appearance of pores on the skin’s surface.

        ‘The collagen that is produced in and around the pores can cause them to appear smaller and tighter. The effect on pores is even more evident when microneedling is combined with radiofrequency. As well as reducing the appearance of pores, micro-needling is an effective treatment for improving the skins texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reversing sun damage, and improving acne scarring and hyperpigmentation’ explains Dr Nicole Uchendu.

        But why is it so great? Unlike most lasers, this type of skin-refining treatment is compatible with a much wider range of skin tones, so if you have a darker complexion, it may be better for you to look in to this first.

        It is also non ablative, so will only leave you with a few hours of redness – but what if you’re prepared to deal with downtime? ‘You could also try microdermabrasion,’ suggests Lorraine, a technique which uses a jet of abrasive crystals to exfoliate the skin. ‘This helps to remove dead skin cells and gently buffs over enlarged pores.’


        4. Book In For A Chemical Peel Or Invest In Acids

        ‘Professional peels are good at helping to rejuvenate the skin, encouraging old skin cells to shed and revealing healthier, fresher skin,’ says Lorraine. ‘They also kick-start a process called ‘purging’ which will help to lift blackheads and cellular debris from pores, making the skin appear smoother and tighter. In turn, pores look reduced.’

        But it is important to pick the right one. Skin peels range from light, medium and deep and there are a range of different ingredients which you can discuss with your facialist or a dermatologist depending on your skin type.

        Dr Winnie Uchendu, Aesthetic and wellness doctor at TWN Clinic, lists the acids to invest in for tackling enlarged pores:

        • Retinoic Acid: ‘Retinoids are extraordinary at reducing oil production in sebum glands. They increase skin cell turnover resulting in resurfacing and unclogging of pores.
        • Salicylic Acid: ‘It is oil-soluble, meaning that not only can it loosen dead skin cells from skin’s surface to aid exfoliation, but it can also can penetrate through oily skin to dissolve dirt and debris deep within the pores’.
        • Alpha-Hydroxy Acid: ‘They are chemical exfoliants that work by removing dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. They increase collagen and improve the quality of elastin fibres, which provide scaffolding and support to the skin and the pores’.
        • L- Ascorbic Acid: AKA, Vitamin C is not only an antioxidant to protect against UV damage but also slows down collagen depletion to prevent pores from enlarging.

          ELLE Edit: Salicylic Acid

          Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

          Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner 190ml

          U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

          Blemish Control Pads (60 Pads)

          Debbie Thomas says… ‘These are alcohol-free and while containing the full 2% salicylic acid they also contain allantoin which helps protect the natural moisture balance of the skin so less likely to cause dryness.’

          Sebium Pore Refiner Corrective Cream For Enlarged Pores

          As recommended by Dr Nada Soueidan

          Acne Gel

          Debbie Thomas says… ‘This contains not only salicylic acid but also azelaic acid which helps with clarity and the pigmentation that sometimes comes with acne breakouts. It also contains a blend of botanical extracts to further help with the overall apprehended of acne-prone skin. Can be used over whole face 1-2 daily or on and individual spot.’

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          5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

          ‘Pores are open for a few reasons – dehydration (a lack of water in the skin, not dry skin), part of the ageing process and genetics,’ says Kristi Shuba skincare specialist and co-founder of Katherine Daniels Cosmetics, which is why it is so important to maintain moisture levels in the skin – but how?

          ‘Hydrating treatments and anything that will flood the surface of the skin with moisture are great for diminishing pores,’ Kristi continues. ‘Both the Katherine Daniels Age Defence Nourishing Hydrating Treatment for older skin and the Energising Radiance Treatment massively hydrates the skin. Not only will treatments like these help to iron away lines, but they give the appearance of snapping the pores closed.’

          Stocking up on products containing hyaluronic acid, which delivers an intense hit of hydration to every single cell, will also work wonders.

          Dr Winnie Uchendu explains the benefits: ‘Keeping the skin hydrated with topical products can play a role in reducing the appearance of enlarged pores. It’s important to ensure that your moisturiser isn’t comedogenic (pore-blocking) and won’t cause stretching out of the pores. Opting for an ingredient like hyaluronic acid in your moisturiser is highly recommended as it increases the water content of the skin without adding any oil, making it a great option for those with enlarged pores and oily or acne prone skin’.

          And according to Matt Plowman of Cardiff Sports Nutrition, we should aim to drink at least two litres of water a day, taking sips every fifteen minutes to hydrate from the inside out.

          ELLE Edit: Best Hyaluronic Acid Skincare Products

          Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum

          The key ingredient for plumping your skin, Glow Recipe’s pleasingly pink hyaluronic acid serum is named for good reason. Boasting no less than five different weights of HA to penetrate your skin at multiple levels, this ultra lightweight serum will leave your face feeling firmer and bouncier.

          Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream

          Youth To The People


          Dedicated to vegan skincare that actually works, Youth To The People’s hyaluronic acid moisturiser combines superfoods kale and spinach with hyaluronic acid to make a refreshing whipped gel cream that sinks into skin in seconds. The best bit? The packaging is totally recyclable so you can be as nice to the planet as you are to your skin.

          Hyaluronic Acid Serum – £17


          This fragrance-free hyaluronic and vitamin B5 packed serum not only replenishes skins hydration levels but keeps it locked in thanks to the presence of 3 different ceramides. 

          Hyaluronic Eye Cream – £16

          Mario Badescu

          Those in search of a big hyaluronic hit will fall in love with Mario Badescu’s eye cream which has a huge cult following.

          Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right Eye Gel

          Dr Dennis Gross

          The hyaluronic acid in this Dr Dennis Gross offering cleverly stalls the skin’s natural ageing process so you can say laters to the crows feet. 

          Hydraskin Cooling Hydrating Gel Mask

          Any skincare that promises to soothe and calm our skin whilst delivering a refreshing hit of hydration is alright by us. Paint this jelly mask onto clean skin and let the hyaluronic acid work its magic.

          Water Drench Micro-Bubbling Cloud Mask

          Peter Thomas Roth


          This delightful sounding bubbling mask is like an actual cloud of hydration for your skin. Apply onto clean skin, enjoy the fluffy bubbles, then rinse off after 15 minutes to reveal newly moisturised skin.

          Hyaluronic Serum

          Dr. Barbara Sturm


          Veering into the more expensive end of the scale, this hyaluronic acid serum from skincare expert Dr. Barbara Sturm is more than worth the investment. Packed full of long and short chain hyaluronic acid molecules, a few drops of this on clean skin everyday and you can wave that parched complexion goodbye.

          Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – £5.75

          The Ordinary

          Beauty obsessives rarely leave The Ordinary without stockpiling the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Instead of drawing water out of the skin for temporary surface hydration, it boasts three forms of hyaluronic acid in varying molecular weights which reach the cells at deeper levels. The pocket-friendly price-tag is the icing on the cake.  

          Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Moisture Cushion

          With a gel-like texture, this oil-free moisturiser absorbs in seconds to plump up sad looking skin.

          Hyaluronic Concentrate

          This clear liquid may look pretty humble but the targeted formula boasts a powerhouse of ingredients, including moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, to restore hydration to even the most parched of skin cells. Ditch the thick body lotion – this takes mere seconds to absorb so you can get dressed straight away.

          Lip Volume Roll On Grade 2

          Yep, hyaluronic acid works wonders to smooth and plump lips, too. Fillerina’s new and improved Lip Volume Grade 3 (which has a fan in model Jourdan Dunn) swaps needles for a pain-free roller ball that distributes a team of six different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid over the lips to lend them a pillowy, supple feel.

          If you’re looking for a multitasker, advanced skincare specialist and facialist Debbie Thomas rates Fillerina’s HA packed Lips And Mouth Grade 4, £75 for expertly smoothing fine lines.

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          6. Apply Your Make-Up Like A Pro

          If you find that foundation only serves to accentuate the appearance of your pores, you may be applying it wrong.

          ‘To create a really flawless effect, after using a flat foundation brush, dab a damp Beauty Blender over the skin,’ says make-up artist Francesca Kearns. ‘This really presses the product into the skin to create a much smoother and seamless effect. The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint – £31 is a great product to start with. Rose fruit extract visibly diminishes pores and regulates oil production. For more coverage, opt for the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation – £32.’

          And don’t sack off pore refining primers – they really do work.

          ‘They aren’t just a fad,’ says Francesca. ‘The NYX Pore Filling Primer – £11 is great because it contains silica and Dimethicone which will help smooth out pores while leaving the skin looking and feeling ultra-silky. Another amazing buy is the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – £26. Again, the silica ingredient provides the skin with a veil-like smoothness, really minimising the appearance of pores.’

          ELLE Edit: The Best Make-Up Primers Tested

          Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer

          Formulated with Micronised Pearls and Porcelain Flower Extract, this silky soft primer delivers on the glow. Pair with foundation for a glowy but not shiny finish or simply top with concealer where you need it for a majorly fresh complexion.

          Hollywood Flawless Filter

          Charlotte Tilbury


          Ok, we know this isn’t a true primer in the traditional sense, but it is the best base we’ve come across for giving you super flawless skin before you’ve even considered applying foundation. Acting Beauty Director George Driver applies it before tinted moisturiser for a dewy boost and extra coverage that doesn’t feel heavy or overly matte.

          Backstage Face & Body Primer, 001 Universal

          A backstage essential at every Dior show, this juicy peach-hued primer ensures models’ make-up stays put even under blaring runway lights. 

          The Perfecting Primer

          If a primer packing serious skincare benefits is what you’re after then look no further than La Mer. Enriched with the brand’s signature Miracle Broth formula, this hydrating primer plumps and preps skin for perfectly smooth make-up application. Not a dry patch in sight.

          Vitamin Enriched Face Base

          The secret weapon of backstage make-up artists everywhere, Bobbi Brown’s face base works as a nourishing day cream as well as keeping your face of make-up firmly in place for hours on end. The key ingredients? Shea butter and squalane, for a hydrating primer that Bobbi Brown herself insists is never greasy.

          Anti-Aging Primer

          Dr. Barbara Sturm


          If there’s anyone that knows about skincare it’s A-list dermatologist Dr. Barbara Sturm. Combining antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and pearl pigments, this creamy primer aims to improve the apperance of your make-up whilst caring for your skin.

          Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Primer

          If the Mother of Make-Up, Pat McGrath, creates a primer that can keep make-up in place from backstage, to runway and through the after party, you know it’s going to more than decent. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, this pro primer will stop your foundation from sliding whilst giving your skin a hydration boost.

          Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer

          Victoria Beckham Beauty by Augustinus Bader


          The dream team behind your glowiest complexion ever, skin genius Augustinus Bader and beauty icon Victoria Beckham, have got your make-up on lockdown courtesy of this priming moisturiser. Formulated with Bader’s game-changing TFC8® amino acid compound this techy primer keeps make-up firmly in place whilst minimising the telltale signs of ageing.

          Prime Time™ Brightening Foundation Primer

          ‘I personally love bareMinerals’ Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer,’ says Webb. ‘It instantly adds brightness and hydration whilst minimising any redness and blurs fine lines.’

          Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

          REN Clean Skincare


          A primer in a pipette? Yup, it’s totally a thing. REN’s lightweight formula has a matte finish so your make-up won’t slip and slide all over the place, plus it’s silicone free.

          Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Protection SPF 50 – £24.50

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          Combine your daily SPF with a radiance-giving primer with Bobbi Brown’s oil-free primer. Formulated with Sodium Hyaluronate, it’ll smooth over pores and wrinkles whilst giving your complexion a serious hydration hit.

          Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Blurring Coconut Face Primer – Blur-fection – £17

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          This miniature size primer is ideal for carrying in your hand luggage for that last minute make-up application just before your flight lands. Formulated with five forms of coconut (oil, juice and water to name just three) for extra hydration, this is a gift for parched post-aeroplane skin.

          The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer – £3.90

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          At just £3.99 this is the best value primer that actually does the job. Formulated with advanced adaptive silicones, this techy primer minimises the appearance of pores for an airbrushed finish to your make-up that lasts all day long.

          Lancer Studio Filter Pore Perfecting Primer – £58

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          The boujiest primer of the bunch, this luxe make-up base works on all skin tones to give a pore-free complexion. Added amino acids hydrate and soften your skin for the ultimate multi-tasking beauty product.

          This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up – £32

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          This Works’ genius formula is a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. Smooth on before foundation to brighten and rehydrate tired skin with hyaluronic acid, argan oil and a hit of caffeine.

          Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer – £39

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          Is it a highlighter? Is it a primer? Well, yes and yes, but also so much more. Charlotte Tilbury’s latest secret to getting your skin but way better is a blemish blurring, pore concealing, glow giving all in one foundation base of dreams.

          Clarins SOS Primer – £27

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          If the world of colour correcting is too much hassle for your morning routine/a little over your head, then Clarins’ new primers are for you. Available in six shades, each primer tackles a different skin problem which is helpfully specified on the packaging. Just in case you weren’t entirely sure why you were swiping green cream onto your face before your foundation…

          Sisley Instant Glow Primer – £66

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          The ultimate make-up multi-tasker, use Sisley’s primer as a radiant base before applying foundation, dab onto the high points of your face to use as highlighter or wear completely alone for a seriously radiant complexion.

          NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer – £29

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          Control that shine and blur those pores with NARS’ oil-free matte primer infused with soft focus powders so you look selfie ready 24/7.

          YSL Encre De Peau All Hours Primer – £32

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          When you feel like your foundation refuses to stay on your face, YSL’s long-wearing primer makes it stay put. Huzzah!

          Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – £53

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          A cult classic for a reason, this ticks all the longevity, skin-perfecting boxes and has SPF15 mineral UV protection. If you’ve got sensitive skin, it’s free of all the usual aggravating suspects – oil, fragrance, parabens and sulphates. Overall, a difficult one to beat.

          7. Choose Your Daily SPF Carefully

          Even though you may think that your skin looks and feels heaps healthier when it has caught a little bit of sun, it has been suggested that heat and UV rays act as a pore-size inducer – and it could be down to the loss of moisture.

          ‘Being exposed to the sun is very likely to dry the skin,’ says Kristi, ‘and long term, this can make pores appear open and enlarged. That said, many inexpensive sun lotions are likely to be heavily zinc based and the chalky white substance may sit in open pores. This causes a plug and can give the appearance of reduced pore size but, over time, this can actually result in blackheads as the pore becomes blocked.’

          So what types of creams should we be investing in?

          ‘Choose something that has great hydrating properties,’ says Kristi, while Dr. Mahto suggests we should avoid thick, creamy textures altogether. ‘Look for those that are in a gel or lotion form’, she says. ‘Many people with acne prone skin do better with mineral sunscreens usually containing ingredients such as titanuim oxide.’

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          What Causes Clogged Pores? | Kate Somerville

          When it comes to your skin’s pores, there’s a lot to learn. If you struggle with visibly large pores or clogged pores, you may have already done exhaustive internet searches looking for answers. While blocked pores are an extremely common skincare issue, when left untreated they can be challenging to clear up. However, the good news is that it’s entirely possible to unclog your pores and get back to the healthy-looking, glowing skin you desire and deserve. Our Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts have put together this helpful guide to what causes congested pores, clogged pore myths, and effective treatment methods for blocked pores. 

          What Are Pores? 

          Let’s start with the basics. What exactly are pores and why do we have them? The middle layer of your skin, the dermis, contains sweat glands that (surprise!) produce sweat. Sweat glands have necessary functions, such as regulating body temperature and removing waste by omitting salt and water from your body onto the surface of your skin. Once you sweat, it needs a place to be released, a.k.a, your pores! When your sweat glands produce sweat, it travels through your pores and onto your skin [1]

          What Causes Clogged Pores?


          So how do these pores become clogged? There are three main culprits: excess oil (sebum production from sebaceous glands), dead skin cells, and over-cleansing. Over time, excess oil and dead skin will begin to accumulate on the skin’s surface. While this is fine in small amounts, if you don’t wash your skin regularly, these irritants build up and clog your pores. That being said, you don’t want to overwash or over-exfoliate your skin either. Cleansing your skin too frequently may strip your skin of its natural oils, causing your skin to try and overcompensate. Creating more oil than necessary can result in oily skin and produce buildup that can also clog your pores. The trick to healthy-looking, blemish-free skin is to wash your face just the right amount. So what is that right amount? It depends on your skin’s unique needs. However, for most people we recommend using a gentle cleanser twice a day, once in the morning and once at night [2]. If you’ve got dry skin, you may want to opt for washing your face just once a day to avoid over drying. 

          Myths About Pores: BUSTED


          Below, we’ve put together some of the most common pore myths and misunderstandings to help you better understand your skin and how to care for it, especially when it comes to unclogging pores. 

          Myth: Pores Get Larger


          Dirt, oil, and weather have all been accused of making the pores on your face larger in size. The truth is, the size of a pore never actually changes. Instead, when dirt and debris clog pores, it makes them appear larger and more noticeable. Keeping your face and pores clean will help minimize their appearance and give you the look of flawlessly smooth skin.

          Myth: Pores Open and Close

          Much like dirt is associated with enlarging pores, many people believe that pores open and close. In truth, pores are always open. Steam and hot water help open your pores more and loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. But again, your pores never close. A pore’s primary purpose is to help your body secret sweat and waste, and it has to remain open to do so. You can, though, make large pores appear smaller with the right skincare routine for your skin’s needs. 

          Myth: The Dark Part of a Blackhead is Trapped Dirt

          Contrary to popular belief, the black dots on your nose are not dirt trapped under your skin. The dark tip of a blackhead is due to a clogged pore being oxidized. When the inners of a clogged pore are oxidized, they turn a brownish-black hue that is often mistaken for dirt. If you suspect you have blackheads, be sure that you identify whether they are blackheads or sebaceous filaments as they should be treated differently. 

          How to Unclog Pores


          As Skin Health Experts, we treat some of the toughest skin issues in our Los Angeles and New York Clinics every day. And while clinic facials are a great method for clearing clogged pores, we like to educate our customers on how to unclog their pores at home. 

          Invest in The Right Facial Cleanser


          Washing your face is a must, but you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right products. Whether you have sensitive, oily, dry, or acne-prone skin, there’s bound to be a facial cleanser for you. For a go-to facial cleanser that works well with nearly every skin type, use a gentle cleanser like our Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash. Sulfate-free, this cleanser washes away makeup and pore-clogging oil without over-drying your skin. 

          Use a Weekly Facial Mask


          While facial masks are not a permanent fix, they are an essential step in minimizing clogged pores’ appearance. Using a Mask like the Kate Somerville EradiKate® Mask Foam Acne Treatment will work to deep clean pores and dissolve impurities on the spot. Plus, it will help remove dirt and oil to prevent new blemishes from forming.

          Exfoliate Regularly


          Our #1 recommendation for clogged pores? Regular exfoliation. How often? It all depends on your skin type. As a general rule, we recommend most skin types benefit from exfoliating skin with our ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment twice a week. In just two minutes, you will see smoother texture and pores, PLUS a gorgeous glow. If you’ve got sensitive skin, try our holy grail super scrub once a week or leave on for just one minute. This will help exfoliate without causing any irritation. And a bonus benefit of regular exfoliation? By clearing away the top layer of dead skin cells and debris, your skin is now prepared to better absorb the skincare products and ingredients you use in the rest of your regimen, making them more effective.

          Remember, no matter which method you use to unclog your pores, it’s crucial that you choose treatments that are right for your skin. By deeply understanding your skin’s needs and applying products that will help enhance its natural abilities to look and feel its best, you can ensure that your skin remains healthy-looking and blemish-free all year long.

          Got questions? Need help identifying your skin type or how to keep pores clear? Explore our blog, browse our products, or book a virtual skin consultation with one of our trusted Skin Health Experts today. We’re here to help you discover what’s possible for your skin!


          1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4337418/
          2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025519/

          Clogged Pores: Why You Get Them And How To Get Rid Of Them

          Even if you don’t suffer from acne, you can still have clogged pores which can lead to sporadic blemishes or blackheads. If you want to get rid of pore clogs, our guide can help you reduce the occurrence of clogged pores and give you the glowing, healthy skin you deserve.

          Below, we share all things pores including the tried-and-true ways of giving your face a thorough cleansing, the best products to achieve and maintain radiance, and other tips for glowing, clean skin.

          What Causes Clogged Pores?

          Sebum is an oil produced by our sebaceous glands. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and helps regulate the intake of water through the skin. It also helps to keep our skin moisturized and hydrated. Sebum is vital for keeping the skin healthy. However, too much sebum can lead to oily skin, clogged pores, and acne.

          Generally, sebum production is affected by hormones in our body known as androgen’s (sex hormones). Testosterone is thought to increase sebum production, while estrogen helps to decrease sebum production. Sebum is a wonderful thing. However, like everything else is life, there is such an idea as having too much of a good thing.

          Sebum changes with age, sex, hormonal issues, diet, and other factors. For instance, during puberty, hormones cause the levels of sebum to spiral out of control, which leads to spots and pimples of all kinds. Women who are pregnant, menstruating, nursing, or going through menopause are likely to see drastic changes in sebum production and secretion.

          Clogged pores are the result of dead skin cells, bacteria, and environmental debris mixing with sebum and getting trapped in your skin. When pores are clogged, it can result in blackheads, whiteheads, and acne, while also making your pores appear larger and leading to an overall dullness in your skin’s complexion.

          Whether your pores are full of sebum plugs (sebaceous filaments), or a combination of sebum, dirt, and dead skin (clogged pores and congestion), or an oxidized pore plug (a blackhead), the difference in terminology isn’t that important, because they’re all treated similarly. Which leads us to what you really came here for…

          What Gets Rid of Clogged Pores


          Steaming is a part of many facial treatments focused on addressing pore blockages. A specialist uses a skin steamer to fuse warm, moist air onto your face. This helps to open your pores making extractions much easier and more effective (more on this below).

          After the pores are open, your skincare specialist can also better, and more easily apply treatments like masks and moisturizers because they’re absorbed more deeply into the skin. This may offer better results.


          If your pores are clogged, the simple reality is you’re in need of a professional facial with extractions. You should schedule a facial that provides deep cleansing working to remove dead skin cells, excess residue, and dissolves blackheads to reduce congestion and breakouts, such as our Purifying Facial.

          As much as skincare companies want you to believe it, products will NOT remove plugs and blackheads. When there’s a blockage of hardened oil that is impacted deep in the pore, it must be gently extracted. Depending on how quickly they come back or how many of them you have, you may need to get this done every two weeks for a while until you can get ahead of them.

          During our Purifying Facial, your skincare specialist will perform skin extractions using a metal extractor tool and/or their hands, manually applying pressure around clogged pores to extract the content of blackheads. Extraction can also be performed using an Ultrasonic Peeling Spatula and/or Vacuum Extraction. A Peeling Spatula is essentially a device that uses ultrasonic vibrations to deep-clean, exfoliate, and extract impurities from clogged pores, helping your topical products penetrate deeper in the process. Vacuum Extraction is a gentle and effective treatment method for deep skin cleansing. Vacuum extraction is performed with small glass tubes, that can extract blackheads and extra sebum from the pores. This process is painless and less invasive than standard extractions.

          Even if you don’t suffer from acne, you can still have clogged pores which can lead to sporadic blemishes or blackheads. If you want to get rid of pore clogs, our guide can help you reduce the occurrence of clogged pores and give you the glowing, healthy skin you deserve.

          Below, we share all things pores including the tried-and-true ways of giving your face a thorough cleansing, the best products to achieve and maintain radiance, and other tips for glowing, clean skin.

          What Causes Clogged Pores?

          Sebum is an oil produced by our sebaceous glands. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and helps regulate the intake of water through the skin. It also helps to keep our skin moisturized and hydrated. Sebum is vital for keeping the skin healthy. However, too much sebum can lead to oily skin, clogged pores, and acne.

          Generally, sebum production is affected by hormones in our body known as androgen’s (sex hormones). Testosterone is thought to increase sebum production, while estrogen helps to decrease sebum production. Sebum is a wonderful thing. However, like everything else is life, there is such an idea as having too much of a good thing.

          Sebum changes with age, sex, hormonal issues, diet, and other factors. For instance, during puberty, hormones cause the levels of sebum to spiral out of control, which leads to spots and pimples of all kinds. Women who are pregnant, menstruating, nursing, or going through menopause are likely to see drastic changes in sebum production and secretion.

          Clogged pores are the result of dead skin cells, bacteria, and environmental debris mixing with sebum and getting trapped in your skin. When pores are clogged, it can result in blackheads, whiteheads, and acne, while also making your pores appear larger and leading to an overall dullness in your skin’s complexion.

          Whether your pores are full of sebum plugs (sebaceous filaments), or a combination of sebum, dirt, and dead skin (clogged pores and congestion), or an oxidized pore plug (a blackhead), the difference in terminology isn’t that important, because they’re all treated similarly. Which leads us to what you really came here for…

          What Gets Rid of Clogged Pores


          Steaming is a part of many facial treatments focused on addressing pore blockages. A specialist uses a skin steamer to fuse warm, moist air onto your face. This helps to open your pores making extractions much easier and more effective (more on this below).

          After the pores are open, your skincare specialist can also better, and more easily apply treatments like masks and moisturizers because they’re absorbed more deeply into the skin. This may offer better results.


          If your pores are clogged, the simple reality is you’re in need of a professional facial with extractions. You should schedule a facial that provides deep cleansing working to remove dead skin cells, excess residue, and dissolves blackheads to reduce congestion and breakouts, such as our Purifying Facial.

          As much as skincare companies want you to believe it, products will NOT remove plugs and blackheads. When there’s a blockage of hardened oil that is impacted deep in the pore, it must be gently extracted. Depending on how quickly they come back or how many of them you have, you may need to get this done every two weeks for a while until you can get ahead of them.

          During our Purifying Facial, your skincare specialist will perform skin extractions using a metal extractor tool and/or their hands, manually applying pressure around clogged pores to extract the content of blackheads. Extraction can also be performed using an Ultrasonic Peeling Spatula and/or Vacuum Extraction. A Peeling Spatula is essentially a device that uses ultrasonic vibrations to deep-clean, exfoliate, and extract impurities from clogged pores, helping your topical products penetrate deeper in the process. Vacuum Extraction is a gentle and effective treatment method for deep skin cleansing. Vacuum extraction is performed with small glass tubes, that can extract blackheads and extra sebum from the pores. This process is painless and less invasive than standard extractions.

          Regardless of the method utilized, after the extraction the skincare specialist applies an antibacterial or antiseptic to bring the skin back to its natural pH and prevent breakouts. They may also apply soothing masks or other treatments.

          It’s important to leave extractions to a skincare professional. “Popping” pimples on your skin at home can actually damage pores and lead to more breakouts, or worse yet scarring.

          Cleanse Twice Daily

          Using the right skincare products for your face consistently is the best way to reduce clogged pores and keep your complexion glowing. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser that isn’t oil- or alcohol-based in the morning and at night can help remove the sweat, bacteria, excess sebum and dead skin that clog pores. The following methods are recommended for washing oily skin:

          • Wash with a gentle soap using cold or warm water.
          • Avoid soaps with fragrances, added moisturizers, or harsh chemicals, which can irritate or dry out the skin, making it respond by creating more sebum.
          • Avoid loofahs and rough washcloths, as added friction may stimulate the skin to make more oil.

          Choosing the right facial cleansers may work well for some people. A 2015 study found that a mild facial cleanser made with sodium laureth carboxylate and alkyl carboxylates was effective for tackling moderate facial acne. We recommend Environ SebuWash Cleanser, a medium strength, low foam cleansing gel that helps to gently remove excess surface oils and environmental debris without drying out the skin allowing it to retain its natural acid balance.

          If you have the habit of going to bed with your makeup on, stop it… your pores are paying the consequences! Going to sleep with a clean face is absolutely vital if you want your skin to be healthy and avoid breakouts. While we sleep, the body repairs the damage that occurred during the day. Stress, pollution, and the sun are just some of the everyday offenders that will prematurely age your skin, cause breakouts, clog pores, and create dull, lifeless skin.

          The next time the idea of skipping your nightly cleanse crosses your mind, remember this…. if you leave makeup on your face at night, you inhibit your bodies ability to effectively repair itself the way it needs to. This will lead to clogged pores today, loss of elasticity, and older-looking skin in your future. That’s some serious motivation for starting and sticking to an evening cleansing routine, no matter what time your head hits the pillow.

          Pat the Face Dry

          When drying the face after washing and using toner, people should gently pat their skin dry with a soft towel.

          This should be done with care, however. Pulling down on the skin with a towel, or using a rough washcloth, is not advised, as it may stimulate the skin to create more sebum.


          The term “exfoliation” is used to describe a treatment that cleanses the skin and removes dead skin cells. This can help unclog pores.

          There are different types of exfoliation, including mechanical and chemical.

          Mechanical options include:

          • Brushes
          • Scrubs
          • Cleansing cloths

          Some scrubs can be harsh on the skin. Try products that use synthetic beads if you have sensitive skin.

          Chemical options include:

          • Alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid)
          • Beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid)
          • Retinols

          Work with a licensed esthetician if you want to try chemical exfoliation.

          Some of them can be harsh or drying, so it’s important to get help from a professional. They can also help you determine how often to use these treatments.

          Incorporate Salicylic Acid Into Your Routine

          To prevent your pores from becoming clogged again, you’ll want to use an ingredient that can penetrate into the pore lining and keep it clean. Salicylic acid is excellent for this because it’s an oil-soluble, keratolytic beta-hydroxy acid famous for its ability to help clear out impurities.

          Rather than reaching for cleansers with salicylic acid, we recommends topical products you don’t wash off your skin. We suggest using serums (like her BHA Clarifying Serum), acid toners (just wipe them on clogged areas), and masks, noting that even though they’re rinsed off after five to 20 minutes, they can still be effective since they get fully absorbed into the pores.

          Made with a trio of balancing and pore-clearing ingredients—willow bark extract, niacinamide, and zinc—Versed Just Breath Clarifying Serum is an editor favorite for fighting congested pores. We especially love the dreamy formula that feels like a cooling water gel as a refreshing way to keep acne at bay.

          How to Prevent Clogged Pores

          After your extraction facial, you’ll want to take steps to help prevent, or at the least delay your pores from becoming clogged again by doing the following:

          • follow a daily skincare regimen
          • look for a face wash that’s labeled “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic”
          • remove makeup at the end of the day
          • exfoliate regularly
          • avoid touching your face
          • drink lots of clean water and stay hydrated

          It may sound strange that having less moisture leads to an oily complexion. But when your body is running low on hydration, it works to produce its own in the form of sebum oil. This usually appears on your face, but it can affect the skin’s sebum production throughout your entire body. So it’s important to stay well hydrated over the course of the day and we recommend drinking lots of clean water throughout the day. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember..

          As far as products are concerned, you’ll want to use an ingredient that can penetrate into the pore lining and keep it clean. Salicylic acid is excellent for this because it’s an oil-soluble, keratolytic beta-hydroxy acid famous for its ability to help clear out impurities.

          Rather than exclusively using cleansers with salicylic acid, we recommend you also incorporate topical products you don’t wash off your skin. We suggest using Environ SebuWash Cleanser, serums acid toners like SebuTone Clarifier (just wipe them on clogged areas), and masks such as SebuClear Masque (even though they’re rinsed off after five to 20 minutes, they can still be effective since they get fully absorbed into the pores).

          Increasing cellular turnover is just as important as clearing clogged pores and this is where Retinoids comes into play. Retinoid is a blanket term that covers both retinol and Retin-A both of which are forms of vitamin A and a class of anti-aging compounds used in skincare. They help fight acne, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and promote cellular turnover.

          Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that is added to topical skincare products to promote skin renewal, reduce acne, boost your skin’s collagen production and more. It also functions like an antioxidant to help address free-radical damage, which leads to the visible signs of aging. The difference is that retinols are gentler versions of retinoids, and you typically don’t need a prescription to use them. We recommend medical-grade vs over-the-counter skin care products containing retinol. Medical-grade skincare products differ from over-the-counter products and those you can buy at places Ulta, Sephora, or standard skin spas in that they contain concentrated levels of active ingredients combined with advanced absorption mechanisms that are capable of penetrating to the deepest levels of skin. Products sold over-the-counter do not affect the skin in biological ways and are unable to penetrate its upper layers. Thus, they are labeled as “cosmetic.” We recommend Environ Concentrated Retinol Serum 1, the first level in the Focus Care Youth Range which contains a starter concentration of vitamin-A.

          Retin-A, on the other hand, is a prescription-only retinoid, and thus stronger than anything you can get over-the-counter. It was the brand name used for tretinoin, which was approved over 40 years ago by the FDA to treat acne. Like retinol, Retin-A also improves skin tone, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and speeds up cell turnover, except it’s a lot stronger, and consequently, more powerful.

          Retinoids either one prescribed by a doctor or a medical-grade product help calm inflammation in the skin and prevent cells from sticking together and blocking the follicles. Think of them like pipe cleaners to keep the pores open.

          While you’re shopping for those products, go ahead and add a clay or charcoal mask to your cart, which can help absorb excess sebum and help to tone and tighten large pores.

          And don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your skin! Dry skin We recommend Environ Vita-Antioxidant AVST Gel. This soothing water-based moisturize-infusing gel truly feels like a barely there veil of moisture. The best part? While it hydrates it’s also hard at work fighting combat the damaging effects of free radical and improving the overall appearance of the skin.

          Unfortunately any unclogging you do achieve, sadly, won’t last long. Our body continually produces oil, so clearing blockages provides only a temporary effect, however, you can delay the process extending the pore clearing benefits of your professional facial by following the recommendations above.

          13 best skin care products for oily skin, according to experts

          Across the country, business are slowly reopening after months of closures in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’re venturing out more than before and spending time in the sun or keeping to your home and dealing with warming temperatures, your skin care hasn’t lost its importance. If your skin looks as shiny as a disco ball come lunchtime, then congratulations: You have oily skin. Now, don’t get us wrong, some oil in your skin is good.

          IN THIS ARTICLE A skincare routine that will control oil production | Best skincare products for oily skin

          “When the oil on the skin is the right amount, it protects our skin from external toxic elements,” says Yoram Harth, MD, a dermatologist and medical director of MDacne. “That said, having too much of it makes our skin shiny, can clog our skin pores and causes acne breakouts.”

          So what causes oily skin in the first place? Common culprits include genetics, a humid environment, hormonal changes, medications that affect your hormones and sugary and fatty foods, says Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, MD, a Kansas City dermatologist and editor of DermBoard.org.

          The good news is, it is possible to get oily skin under control, and it starts with finding the right skincare products. “In order to balance the oiliness of their skin, people with oily skin need to look for products that will remove excess oil from their skin without over-drying,” Harth says.


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          A skincare routine that will control oil production

          Products should be non-comedogenic, meaning they don’t clog pores, and oil-free, says Melanie Palm, MD, a dermatologist in San Diego. Look for labels that have active ingredients that help your oil glands function more normally, like sulfur, retinol and salicylic acid, suggests Palm. “Lighter formulations are likely to be tolerated better,” she adds. “These include serums, gels or lotions rather than creams or ointments.”

          When it comes to cleansing, being gentle is key. So is keeping exfoliating to a minimum (once or twice a week tops), says Lisa Pruett, MD, a dermatologist in Carrollton, Texas. That’s because over-cleansing and scrubbing too harshly can lead to increased oil production, Pruett explains. Using a clay mask twice a week will help control excess oil, adds Hadley King, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Moisturizing daily is important (no matter how counter-intuitive that sounds if you have oily skin), and so is wearing sunscreen, says Pruett.

          Ready to upgrade your skin care routine? Below, dermatologists share their favorite skincare products to help those with oily skin keep their complexion clear and shine-free.


          The best skincare products for oily skin

          1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Fighting Face Wash

          Kenneth Mark, MD, a dermatologist and Moh’s skin cancer surgeon in New York City, likes this facial cleanser, which contains 2 percent salicylic acid to unclog pores and prevent future blackheads. The oil-free formula deeply cleanses without over-stripping skin, so your face will never feel tight or dry.

          2. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

          This cleanser is a favorite of Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, because it’s non-comedogenic and utilizes salicylic acid to treat existing breakouts and fight new ones. This cleanser also contains soy to help even out the look of your skin tone.

          3. SkinMedica BHA/AHA Exfoliating Cleanser

          “This cleanser has a great combination of glycolic and salicylic acids that can help to remove excess oil,” says Palm. Jojoba oil ensures skin will feel soft and smooth post-cleansing.


          4. Cetaphil Pro-Oil Removing Foam Wash

          This drugstore cleanser is a go-to of Shari Sperling, DO, a dermatologist in Florham Park, New Jersey. The non-comedogenic formula lightly foams to remove excess oil without over-stripping skin.

          5. Clarisonic MIA Facial Cleansing System

          Plam suggests using this sonic cleansing brush once a day to make cleansing more effective. The brush is gentle enough that even sensitive skin types can use it, yet powerful enough that it removes makeup. It’s also waterproof, so you can use it in the shower.

          6. AcneFree Witch Hazel Mattifying Toner

          Toning can help get rid of any excess oil that wasn’t removed from cleansing. “This toner includes witch hazel to remove excess sebum as well as glycolic acid to chemically exfoliate the surface of the skin and aloe vera to soothe and hydrate with its anti-inflammatory and humectant properties,” says King.


          7. Glytone Acne Treatment Mask

          Palm likes this face mask because it draws out impurities and controls oil, thanks to the 6.4 percent sulfur in the formula. This oil-free mask also minimizes the appearance of pores.

          8. Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask

          Sperling likes this clay-based mask for oily skin. Formulated with salicylic acid in addition to clay, this mask works in five minutes to deeply clean and unclog pores without irritation.

          9. AcneFree Kaolin Clay Detox Mask

          “This can be used as either a face mask or a cleanser,” says King, “and either way, the kaolin clay absorbs oils and reduces shine.” It also features a mild amount of salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and remove excess oil and vitamin E for antioxidant protection.


          10. Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer

          This non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturizer is a great pick for oily skin, says Sperling. It has a matte finish, so you don’t have to worry about looking shiny, and it contains SPF 30 for that much-needed sun protection.

          11. EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

          One of the most beloved sunscreens of dermatologists, Pruett notes that it can double as a moisturizer. Palm likes this one because it’s non-comedogenic and free of heavy ingredients. “The zinc oxide and niacinamide in the formula are anti-inflammatory and do not promote oil production,” says Palm.

          12. Olay Sun Face Sunscreen Serum And Shine Control

          If you have oily skin, chances are you’ve skipped sunscreen at some point because it can make your skin even shinier. Susan Bard, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, says this one is great for people with oily skin or those who get shiny when they use sunscreen. It’s formulated with tapioca starch to absorb excess oil.

          13. OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel

          “This is a product that photographers and makeup artists have used for years to combat oily skin on set,” Pruett notes. “The product absorbs facial oils, acting like a leave-on blotting paper throughout the day.”



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          CORRECTION (July 9, 2019, 12:30 p.m): A previous version of this article misspelled the name of a dermatologist. She is Shari Sperling, not Spalding.

          Foolproof Ways to Unclog Pores

          In our everyday lives, our skin is battling sweat, pollution, and pore-clogging face makeup. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, keeping your pores squeaky clean can be especially hard work. After all, in our daily lives, there are so many things trying to congest your pores, including skincare ingredients and even your own body’s natural oil production. You see, a pore (or a follicle) is a duct in the skin that is attached to the sebaceous glands that produce sebum. Oily skin types are more prone to experience blockages in their pores, which causes bacteria to thrive, leading to whiteheads, blackheads, and papules. Yuck.

          The goal, now, is to clear your pores, allowing oxygen to flow freely through them so that bacteria can’t cause problems. But it’s easier said than done. Luckily, we are here to help you cure your skin woes and have put together a list of easy, effective ways to make sure your pores are in top-notch shape.

          Here are some of the best DIY, over-the-counter, and professional remedies for clogged pores.

          Soak Your Skin With Parsley Water

          I beg your pardon? Yes, you read that right. This green garnish actually makes an amazing DIY pore-decongesting treatment—who knew? As a natural astringent, parsley effectively pulls out toxins and other skin-clogging impurities for normal skin types.

          To incorporate this ingredient into your skincare routine, take freshly washed parsley and submerge it in a bowl of boiling water. Allow it to soak until the water has cooled. Then dip a washcloth into the water and place it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this ritual every other day.

          Another way to utilize the power of parsley is to use it in a facial steam. An important step in a professional facial treatment, steaming encourages the skin to soften and loosen the dirt and debris trapped inside for easy removal. To create your own parsley steam, soak a handful of this herb in a bowl of very hot water. Then, hold a towel open behind your head and lean over the bowl to trap the steam and focus it on your face. After 10 minutes or so, continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

          Cleanse With Baking Soda

          Since we’re on the topic of kitchen ingredients that work surprisingly well to unblock clogged pores, don’t overlook the power of baking soda. As it turns out, this standard household ingredient makes for an easy deep pore cleanser that gently exfoliates, too. 

          For those with truly congested skin, try making a DIY baking soda cleansing scrub.

          Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water to make a paste. Scoop the mixture with your fingers, with circular motions, gently massage the baking soda paste onto your face. Leave it on the skin to set for five to 10 minutes and then rinse clean. Not only is this effective for removing dead skin cells and buildup in the pores, but baking soda also works to neutralize the pH level of your skin. If your pH is off-balance, your skin can experience anything from acne breakouts, dryness, and even premature aging, so it’s important to keep your pH levels in check.

          Exfoliate With Citric Acid

          For squeaky-clean pores, raid your fruit basket. When it comes to exfoliating, you have two main options: physical exfoliators (which we’ll get into a little bit) or the chemical kind. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a kind of chemical exfoliant that is plant-derived and commonly referred to as fruit acids (hence the fruit basket). One commonly used AHA is citric acid. The citric acid in lemons works to exfoliate the skin, clearing out any dirt or oil residing in your pores.

          To try an at-home lemon exfoliation, simply cut one in half and rub the juices over the affected area. Let it stand for five minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Take note that those with sensitive skin should pass on this at-home treatment, which has the potential to be irritating.

          Deep Clean With Pore Strips

          Back in the day, pore strips were the be-all and end-all for removing blackheads and buildup around the nose. These days, there are more gentle and just as effective ways to unclog the pores around the nostrils, but if you have found success with strips and no irritation, by all means. Pore Cleansing Strips are made with selective bonding agents that act as a magnet, locking into and lifting away dirt and buildup from deep down in your pores. 

          Once you’ve thoroughly cleansed your face and prepared your pores with an at-home steam, you’re ready to remove the loosened dirt and debris. Follow the pore strip instructions for the best results, and definitely avoid using them if you have sensitive or already irritated skin.

          Try a Mechanical Exfoliator

          As we mentioned before, the power of regular exfoliation can never be overstated. It’s one of the simplest and most fundamental ways to unclog pores and keep them that way.

          If you love using a physical exfoliator (also known as manual or mechanical) and your skin can handle it, at least opt for a less harsh tool, such as a brush or cloth, rather than a scrub if you have acne-prone skin. Gritty scrubs can actually spread bacteria, which is the exact opposite of what you want when unclogging pores.

          Apply a Charcoal Mask

          Activated charcoal is a skincare superstar for congested complexions. In fact, it can absorb up to 200 times its weight in impurities. That’s pretty impressive.

          So, how does activated charcoal work on my skin? Glad you asked…activated charcoal works almost magnetically to draw out excess oil, pollutants, and other waste materials that get trapped inside pores. Those with truly congested skin will find great benefit from using a charcoal-based product.

          Get an Extraction From a Professional

          When it comes to stubborn blackheads and clogged pores, sometimes an extraction is necessary for removal. The process, which usually occurs during a facial with an esthetician, involves a manual cleaning of clogged and compacted pores with a tool that is specifically designed for this purpose.

          Warning: extractions aren’t exactly pain-free and not a good idea to try for yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing. Going the professional route is always best, especially when you’re dealing with super-clogged pores, but it’s a good solution to look into if you’re not having success with at-home products and treatments.

          Try a Retinoid

          If you haven’t jumped on the retinoid bandwagon yet, you might want to consider it (unless you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, that is). The powerful ingredient is commonly praised for its ability to fight signs of aging, but you’ll be glad to know it’s just as effective at tackling breakouts. Many dermatologists recommend an over-the-counter retinoid to their patients for its ability to unclog the pores and treat and prevent breakouts and blackheads. Even better? Once those dead cells are cleared away, your other skincare products will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin and be much more effective.

          Try this ultra-lightweight refreshing moisturizer from Farmhouse Fresh Goods It works great for normal to oily skin! This oil-free daily moisturizer combines freshly harvested, nutrient-dense, FHF-grown kale extract with skin-replenishing retinoids and a clinical peptide to help erase the appearance of wrinkles. You’ll love the fast-mattifying, ‘round the clock hydration from omega fatty acid-rich squalane and sodium PCA. It does not contain SPF, so be sure to apply SPF before going into the sun.

          Like all powerful skincare ingredients, take caution when using retinoids. Because retinoids can make your skin more susceptible to the sun, apply them at night and be diligent about wearing sunscreen during the day. Talk to your dermatologist about trying a retinoid to see if it’s the right choice for your skin.

          Premiere Tips:

          • Because exfoliation can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, ensure you are applying sunscreen in the morning to avoid any irritation or sunburn. Re-apply as needed.

          • If you have sensitive skin, skip the physical exfoliants (which are known for being more abrasive) and stick with a gentler chemical exfoliant, or what is recommended by your dermatologist.

          90,000 Bad news – it is impossible to narrow the pores

          If you are reading this material, then most likely you are the owner of enlarged pores and are not too happy with this state of affairs. But before thoughtlessly buying up all the matting agents that promise to save you from this problem once and for all, we advise you to understand the issue – at least to find out that it is impossible to narrow the pores. We turned to a dermatologist for help, who explained in detail how the pores function and how you can influence their appearance.

          What types of pores exist?

          Pores are small openings in the skin into which the ducts of the glands open. It is on what is excreted through the pores that their type depends. There are only two of them.

          Sebum is excreted through the pores that are connected with the sebaceous glands. These are everywhere, except for the palms and feet.

          Well, the pores through which sweat is removed are located throughout the body (however, you already know about this without us).

          Of course, when it comes to facial care, it is pores of the first type that bring discomfort.

          How do pores work?

          “The main function of the pores is to bring sebum to the surface of the epidermis,” explains Dr. Milton Moore. “This ensures sufficient hydration.” Without sebum, there will be no protective layer on the face, the skin will quickly lose moisture with all the ensuing consequences – dryness, uneven tone, dullness. In other words, the pores are actually your friends, so don’t scrub your face violently with scrubs and aggressive foaming products in an attempt to “cleanse” your face of grease.

          Why are some pores larger than others?

          “The size of the pores is individual, it varies depending on the part of the body and the size of the sebaceous gland that is ‘connected’ to the pore,” says Moore. “The more iron, the wider the time itself will be.”

          I just want to shrink my pores, how do I do that?

          Prepare for a huge disappointment. “Unfortunately, the size of the pores cannot be changed physically – this is an innate parameter,” says the dermatologist. However, it is too early to despair. “You can’t shrink pores, but you can make them less visible,” says Moore.We will tell you how to do this further.

          Is it true that men have wider pores than women?

          Generally yes. “Certain hormones, in particular testosterone, stimulate sebum production during puberty,” says Milton Moore. – Therefore, it usually turns out that men have more pores than women, especially in the central part of the face – on the forehead, nose and cheeks. If we take the average, then guys, in principle, have denser and oily skin, aging processes in it proceed differently. “

          What are clogged pores?

          “Excess sebum, dirt, dead skin particles can block pores. At the same time, it seems from the outside that they have become larger. Potentially clogged pores can lead to open and closed comedones — blackheads or pimples, respectively, ”says Dr. Moore.

          How to make pores less visible?

          Although pores cannot be shrunk, their appearance can be influenced. Visually, they look smaller when the skin is cleansed.In addition to daily washing, it is worth exfoliating your face from time to time. Here are three ways that a dermatologist recommends.

          Alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA and BHA)

          “Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic or lactic acid, and beta hydroxy acids, such as salicylic, exfoliate the skin by breaking up dead cells that have stuck together,” says Moore. “At the same time, BHAs work both on the surface of the skin and deep in the pores, while AHAs work only in the upper layer of the epidermis.”

          Remedies for blackheads – PROPELLER

          Reasons for the appearance of black dots

          • Too much activity of the sebaceous glands (very oily skin).
          • Enlarged pores.

          Many people regularly find blackheads (comedones) on their face and are looking for a way to get rid of unpleasant sensations, restore beauty and health to their skin. Plugs from sebum, epidermal scales, street dust in the air are most often located all over the nose, on the forehead, cheeks, chin, and in the ears. Comedones are considered non-dangerous skin defects, but if you do not find an effective remedy for blackheads in time, they can become the foundation for serious cosmetic problems and facial defects.

          How do anti-blackheads work?

          Cleansing, disinfecting, narrowing the pores – this is the algorithm for the action of means for blackheads.

          The clogged pores need to be uncorked first. Hard particles or special pore-opening complexes that are part of anti-blackhead products can cope with this task.

          At the second stage, plugs from sebum, dirt and dead cells are “sucked” from the pores. Blackhead remedies contain components that can destroy dirt right in the pores or pull out sebaceous plugs like a vacuum cleaner in a beauty parlor.

          After cleansing, disinfecting and anti-inflammatory ingredients enter the active phase, and then complexes and substances that narrow the pores.

          After the first application of an effective scrub, lotion, mask, gel, fluid, the number of blackheads on the face is greatly reduced. Depending on the stage of the disease, it is possible to clear the face of comedones with medical cosmetics in a day or a month.

          “PROPELLER” remedies for blackheads

          Soap is contraindicated for owners of oily skin.The face wash gel is made to replace it. The product contains ANTI-SEBUM – a complex of vegetable acids that can inhibit the production of sebum and thereby prevent the formation of new comedones. You no longer need to squeeze out acne and suffer from inflammation: the gel pushes dirt and grease out of the pores, and the alkali-free washing base washes away, leaving behind refreshed and cleansed skin.

          Airy fluid from blackheads for the face affected by comedones.The tool will logically continue the action of the cleansing scrub – it is applied to cleansed skin. The cream has a delicate and light texture, which is why it is called fluid. Contains a complex of plant extracts that help kill bacteria and narrow pores: chestnut, eucalyptus, nettle. The fluid is suitable as a base for makeup, keeps the skin matte, as its effect does not stop for several hours.

          Strips in the form of sticky patches are good for getting rid of comedones on the bridge of the nose and wings of the nose.An especially effective remedy against blackheads will work on cleansed, moisturized, steamed skin, when the pores are as open as possible. Each strip is lubricated with a composition with an active complex of substances that pulls out dirt from the pores and removes it like a beautician’s cleaning. PROPELLER produces leather strips of various types.

          Express Gommage for the T-zone from blackheads. Gommage gives results within 1-3 minutes. In gommage, the ANTI-SEBUM acid complex is presented in the form of an osmotic gel – the optimal form of delivery of active substances to the subcutaneous layers.That is why the product provides quality T-zone skin care.

          “PROPELLER” cream-care for skin with enlarged pores makes it possible to provide complete facial care. The active plant substances of the cream are quickly absorbed, normalize the secretory function of the sebaceous glands, leaving the surface of oily skin moisturized just as much as necessary. The result is a radiant complexion without oily sheen and blackheads.

          Blackhead lotion thanks to its convenient packaging can be carried with you and used as excess sebum accumulates on the surface of the face.The recipe includes plant extracts (chestnut, eucalyptus, nettle), ANTI-SEBUM acids and other fast-acting components. With their help, enlarged pores are first cleaned out and then narrowed to their normal size – the skin becomes smooth, fresh and healthy. The problem of acne and comedones is gradually disappearing from your life.

          Healthy diet and optimal care for acne and acne during pol …

          What is inflamed skin?

          Bridget Rosler: We define it as non-inflammatory acne and pimples on oily skin; they are also called “acne prerequisites”.This skin condition means that the sebaceous (cutaneous) glands produce excess sebum. A normal amount of sebum is important for maintaining the skin’s protective acidic coatings. Oily skin is not inflamed skin, but changes in hormone levels during puberty often lead to so-called keratinization disorders. This happens when excess sebum cannot reach the surface of the skin, the pores become blocked, causing free fatty acids to bind with bacteria and cause inflammation

          What is the difference between acne and pimples?

          BR: Comedones are skin impurities that resemble tiny bubbles.If blackheads are observed, they are “open” and are called acne. They are mainly located in the large pores of the nose, along the middle of the forehead and on the chin, where the most sebum is usually produced. There are also white, “closed” comedones, which are called white eels . Since the sebum cannot escape, it can become inflamed and lead to acne. It is important to distinguish between non-inflamed acne and inflamed acne.

          Where do acne and blackheads usually appear?

          BR: Mainly on the face and décolleté.If the prerequisites for the appearance of acne are more pronounced, they can also appear on the upper arms, shoulders and back. This can be especially frustrating because all of these areas are usually visible to others.

          Does Inflamed Skin Remain For Life?

          BR: Very rare. Basically, this is common during puberty – up to 95 percent of all adolescents have some degree of inflamed skin. During this time, the body produces the female hormone estrogen, as well as an increased amount of male hormones called androgens, so young men come to us a little more often than girls.Androgens can cause the sebaceous glands to become overactive. Since puberty occurs earlier and earlier these days, it is not uncommon for children as young as 9 to have acne on their nose. Acne usually goes away on its own around age 21.

          That is, inflamed skin is not a disease?

          BR: With hormonal changes, such as during puberty, inflamed skin is not a disease. A visit to the doctor is only necessary for severe blemishes and acne.It is also recommended to seek medical attention if inflammation turns into scarring during the healing process, or if there is no visible improvement despite proper skin care. In severe cases, a dermatologist may prescribe specific treatments.

          What causes acne in adults?

          In adults, hormones are again to blame. For example, if a woman takes hormonal contraception and then stops taking it at age 30 because she wants a baby, she may develop pimples or acne.Hormonal changes also affect liver function, which is our largest metabolic organ.

          What causes acne and blackheads?

          BR: Smoking and stress stimulate the activity of the sebaceous glands. When teenagers are under pressure and have pimples on their foreheads, we call it “high school acne.” Stress is closely related to anxiety, and while our hands and feet often get cold, our head gets hot, which also contributes to inflammation.A monotonous diet and insufficient exercise slows down the metabolism, which can also lead to acne and acne. Our lifestyle contributes to the appearance of acne in general.

          As a doctor, what foods do you recommend to avoid breakouts?

          BR: Fatty foods such as fast food, chips and pizza should be eaten no more than once a week. To stimulate your metabolism, eat three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day. During puberty, the body reacts very sensitively to fast food, because that’s when the digestive organs complete their development.Many adolescents also become more sensitive to cow’s milk. But since milk and dairy products aren’t always the cause of blemishes, it’s helpful to skip dairy for a while and see if your skin gets better. If you have skin problems, your diet should contain as little sugar as possible, as high insulin levels can worsen skin inflammation.

          People who follow a sugar-free, low-dairy diet see positive skin changes after just a couple of weeks.Eating foods high in bitter substances such as chicory also has a positive effect by supporting metabolism and stimulating liver function.

          What is the best way to care for sore skin?

          BR: I advise everyone who uses makeup to never sleep with it, but gently cleanse the skin in the morning and especially in the evening. Antibacterial ingredients can be helpful. Apply a light cream or lotion to your face both day and night.If you use foundation or powder for your face, it should not clog your pores (so as not to cause acne).

          City Clinical Hospital No. 31 – Facial Cleansing

          Facial skin cleansing is an important step in skin care. But what if this care is not enough? Without high-quality cleansing of pores, elimination of skin imperfections, the face will not be able to look well-groomed. To solve this problem, there are 90,084 facial cleansing in the beautician’s office.

          The most popular and affordable cleaning methods:
          • mechanical,
          • ultrasonic,
          • combined,
          • atraumatic.

          Mechanical cleaning.
          indications for mechanical face cleansing are:
          • oily skin with clogged pores,
          • non-inflamed acne.
          Mechanical face cleansing removes comedones (blackheads) manually. For this, special tools are used: Uno spoon, Vidal’s needle, etc. All instruments must be sterile. It is the requirement of sterility that makes mechanical cleaning not at home in front of a mirror, but in a beauty parlor.
          The procedure is used not only for cleansing the face, but also for cleansing the skin of the décolleté and back.
          • dry and sensitive skin,
          • skin prone to inflammation,
          • hypertension,
          • herpes,
          • eczema,
          • dermatitis,
          • furunculosis,
          • bronchial asthma,
          • allergic reactions ,
          • In addition, cleaning is not performed before and during menstruation.

          Ultrasonic cleaning.
          Indications for ultrasonic cleaning are:
          • oily skin,
          • enlarged and clogged pores,
          • non-inflamed acne,
          • comedones (blackheads),
          • unhealthy and dull skin color,
          • uneven skin,
          • keratosis (thickening and keratinization of the skin),
          • decreased skin tone.
          A special ultrasonic device is used for ultrasonic cleaning. During this procedure, ultra-short waves are applied to the face, which penetrate deeply into the skin and carry out micromassage of tissues. Ultrasound cleaning is non-traumatic and absolutely painless, leaves no marks or redness.
          • recent facelift with gold threads,
          • recent maxillofacial surgeries,
          • problems with the cardiovascular system,
          • tumors,
          • acute infections.
          • 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

          Combined cleaning.
          Combined facial cleansing is a combination of two types of cleansing: mechanical and ultrasonic. This type of cleaning is considered the most effective and less traumatic in comparison with mechanical cleaning, since in combination with ultrasound, the procedure is more gentle.
          Contraindications for cleaning are the same as for ultrasonic and mechanical.

          Atraumatic cleansing
          is a modern and safe method of cleansing the skin of the face.When atraumatic cleansing of the face, there is no rough mechanical effect on the skin, it is not injured, dehydration of the skin and the formation of signs of aging do not occur. Cleansing occurs due to the action of drugs that dissolve comedones (“black spots”), narrow the pores, and also have a strong anti-inflammatory, decongestant, absorbent effect.
          Indications for atraumatic cleansing are:
          • oily skin,
          • enlarged pores,
          • comedones (“black spots”),
          • unhealthy and dull skin color;
          • uneven surfaces;
          • keratosis (thickening and keratinization of the skin),
          • decreased skin tone.
          Atraumatic facial cleansing practically has no contraindications and is suitable for all skin types and patients of all ages.

          90,000 Enlarged pores, how to treat, symptoms, indications

          An excessive amount of sebaceous secretions accumulates on the surface of the oily skin in the natural openings.

          This happens if the glands are functioning in a forced mode. It is then that the extremely clogged pores expand.

          Such a thing often appears with the onset of sexual development and subsequently only worsens.

          The hidden causes of enlarged pores on the face include hormonal disorders, diseases of the body and the physiological characteristics of a woman / man.

          Among the factors, the most significant are:

          • heredity;

          • hormonal disbalance;

          • period of adolescent development;

          • bad ecology;

          • imbalance in food intake;

          • alcohol, smoking;

          • improper facial care;

          • incorrect selection of care products and cosmetics;

          • metabolic disorders;

          • gastrointestinal diseases;

          • frequent stress;

          • weakened immunity;

          • excess UV rays.

          In our clinic, aesthetic problems are treated according to the following scheme:

          • Examination by a cosmetologist;

          • The doctor takes a history of the patient;

          • If necessary, the doctor prescribes examinations and consultations with other specialists;

          • If no contraindications are found, the doctor offers a range of optimal procedures that will achieve an effective solution to the problem.A list of procedures is determined together with the patient;

          • The doctor describes the patient with a detailed treatment regimen and further monitors the process during follow-up appointments, making adjustments if necessary;

          In our clinic, we offer the following procedures to solve the problem of enlarged pores on the face:

          • Fractional neodymium rejuvenation of CoCo on the Clarity Lutronic device: during the procedure, both neodymium and alexandrite laser are used, as a result of which sebum is removed and enlarged pores in the T-zone of the face are reduced.

          • Post-acne correction with Action II Lutronic: highly effective innovative technique. The targeted effect of the laser dries out the affected area, destroying bacteria and reducing the secretion of the sebaceous glands, restoring metabolic processes in the skin, and comprehensively improving the dermis.

          • Fractional laser rejuvenation on the Action II Lutronic device: a method of non-surgical skin tightening.The laser beam produces nanoperforations of the skin, creating microscopic lesions that cause cells to initiate a natural repair process. The collagen produced in this process strengthens the skin framework, tightens, heals tissues and improves skin tone.

          • SHINING PEEL laser peeling on the Action II Lutronic device: the fractional effect is produced by a laser beam divided into several micro-streams, that is, by a frequent mesh of micro-beams.This is necessary in order to make the effect of the laser even more gentle: the areas of the skin that have not been touched by the laser microbeams provide an accelerated recovery after the procedure. The procedure provides a gentle and effective rejuvenation, heals the skin.

          • Treatment of acne scars with the Clarity Lutronic device: a new generation of neodymium and alexandrite laser, which is used to solve a wide range of skin problems.

          • Clarity Inner Lift treatment: a treatment that gently and effectively tightens and revitalizes the skin. Safe, suitable for patients with any skin type, all-season and gives a long-lasting effect – 12-18 months.

          • Biorevitalization: injections of preparations based on hyaluronic acid, deeply moisturizing the skin, smoothing wrinkles, removing pigmentation, slowing down the aging process.

          • Mesotherapy: subcutaneous administration of micro doses of rejuvenating, medical and restorative “meso cocktails”. The purpose of the technique is to rejuvenate and treat facial skin, restore skin health.

          • Laser biorevitalization: the application of a hyaluronic cocktail to the surface of the skin, and then a laser beam is directed to this area, propelling the hyaluronic molecules into the deeper layers of the skin. The action of the laser causes the conductive tubules of the dermis to open slightly and allow hyaluronic acid molecules to pass through.This method allows you to get a moisturizing component in sufficient quantity to a depth of 4 mm, moisturizing and revitalizing the skin.

          • Superficial chemical peels: a method of controlled skin damage to correct aesthetic imperfections. As active substances, drugs are used that contain ANA (lactic, glycolic, almond and pyruvic) and BHA (salicylic) acids.

          • Autoplasma therapy (plasmolifting): a technique aimed at injecting platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s own blood to improve the condition of the skin.The procedure is completely safe, as no extraneous drugs are used.

          • Ozone therapy: the main advantage of the procedure is that it can significantly improve microcirculation in tissues and normalize the synthesis of such important components of the dermis as collagen and elastin.

          • Carboxytherapy: with age, the trophism of the skin worsens, the degree of oxygen saturation decreases.With the help of carboxytherapy, you can restore attractiveness and elasticity, restore the tone of the skin. This is a popular cosmetic treatment and rejuvenating technique for the face and body.

          • Peeling PRX-T33: an innovative technique for skin rejuvenation. The peeling components included in the composition are selected in such a way that after contact with the skin, their action is directed exclusively to the inner layers of the skin, without changing the state of the upper one.Peeling triggers natural regeneration processes, improves skin microcirculation and stimulates the production of natural collagen by cells.

          • Classic facial massage: systemic execution of manipulations provides a rejuvenating effect with a noticeable improvement in the condition of the upper layer of the epidermis.

          • Facial sculpting massage: a unique technique that corrects facial contours, reduces facial muscle tension, and normalizes overall skin tone.A professional cosmetologist “sculpts” clear contours of the neck, chin, cheeks, massaging the necessary muscles. The technique of deep impact on individual layers of the skin, restores elasticity, tightens muscle tissue – a powerful recovery process takes place.

          • Rejuvenating apple care procedure: this is an injection procedure in cosmetology, which, with the help of contour plastics and revitalization, helps to fill the missing volumes of the face, and also promotes tissue renewal.

          • Placental therapy: an innovative injection technique that allows the introduction of preparations based on the human placenta into the deep layers of the skin. The peptide substances contained in the placenta are capable of activating the growth and division of living cells. Placenta-based injections are regenerative skin rejuvenation techniques that restore all layers of the skin.

          Fight against blackheads – Face care – Oily / problem skin care – Blog

          What can you fight endlessly? That’s right, with the hateful black dots.It’s time to get to know the enemy by sight.


          What we used to call blackheads are actually open comedones – a mild form of acne.

          Skin pores are openings for follicles. The follicle consists of hair and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum – sebum – and pushes it out. With excess sebum secretion, the pores do not completely get rid of fat and become clogged.

          Open comedones – a type of blockage of the sebaceous gland, in which the upper part of the sebum is oxidized, acquiring a dark color. It is wrong to consider black dots as pollution: their nature does not depend on the amount of settling city and household dust, and without contact with air, the head of the sebaceous plug will remain white. This happens with closed comedones (milia – whiteheads), where it is covered with a thin layer of skin.

          In other words: blackheads are an enlarged pore filled with sebum, dead skin cells.When the top layer of this mixture reacts with oxygen, it turns black.


          Comedones are most common in the T-zone, which produces more sebum than other areas of the face. Also, closed comedones are found on the upper back and shoulders, where, along with the face, there are more sebaceous glands.


          Just as it is wrong to believe that black dots are dirt, it is wrong to say that black dots indicate bad cleansing.There can be many reasons – everything that affects the enhancement of sebum production:

          • hormonal changes,
          • food ration,
          • stress,
          • hot climate,
          • improper care.


          The sebaceous plug that clogs the pore becomes denser in consistency than ordinary sebum, so you will need funds that can dissolve it or remove it mechanically.


          Products with acids will help to soften the thickened fat. BHA acids are most effective. In cosmetics, it is salicylic acid. Only it is fat-soluble and able to penetrate deep into pores through sebum, unlike water-soluble AHA acids.

          Salicylic acid penetrates the pore, dissolves the remnants of keratinized skin that clogged it, simultaneously providing an anti-inflammatory effect, killing pathogenic bacteria.

          One of the causes of acne is the abnormal behavior of skin cells, when instead of exfoliating, they stick together and clog pores. Salicylic acid helps break down this dead cell clump and helps dissolve comedones.

          Despite the obvious advantages of salicylic acid, it should be used in moderation: excessive application threatens dehydration and irritation. It is enough to wipe problem areas with BHA acid based lotion twice a day.

          La Roche-Posay Effaclar Lotion for narrowing pores Efaclar

          Aravia Professional Toner with salicylic acid Sebum Free Toner

          Sebum Free Toner with salicylic acid, 150 ml

          Refreshes and mattifies the skin quickly and permanently

          515 ₽

          New line gel with AHA acids

          Gel enhancer with ANA acids 150 ml

          Thoroughly cleanses and degreases the skin, loosens the stratum corneum

          386 ₽

          Coxir Greentea Exfoliating toner with green tea and BHA acids BHA Clear Toner


          Often, the dark head of open comedones is literally above the surface of the skin, feels like a tubercle.Such blackheads are quite easily removed with special adhesive strips for the nose, forehead and chin.

          The principle of their operation is simple: the strips are glued to the steamed skin of problem areas, then removed together with the columns of sebaceous plugs.

          This cleaning is not deep, does not completely cleanse the pores, so new blackheads will appear rather quickly. The strips can be used as an SOS agent.

          Cettua Carbon nasal cleansing strips 6 pcs.

          Nasal cleansing strips, charcoal 6 pcs.

          Moisturizes skin and helps to shrink pores

          202 ₽

          Cettua Nose, forehead and chin cleansing strips 6 pcs.

          Cleansing strips for nose, forehead and chin 6 pcs.

          Tones and normalizes the fat balance of the skin

          260 ₽

          Salizink Cleansing strips with activated carbon and witch hazel extract, 6 pcs

          Nasal cleansing strips with activated charcoal and witch hazel extract, 6 pcs

          Deeply cleanses and tightens pores, tones

          178 ₽


          Another type of mechanical exfoliation are scrubs, which, using abrasive particles, remove impurities from the pores and polish the skin.

          Scrubbing particles can be natural (from crushed fruit seeds) and synthetic (polymer), large and small. The selection of a face scrub should be entrusted to a professional cosmetologist who will assess the condition of the skin and the possibility of using mechanical exfoliation with an abrasive agent specifically in your case.

          Scrubs and gommages cleanse only the upper part of the pores, they show the greatest efficiency in combination with acids.

          Uriage Gentle Facial Scrub

          Soft face scrub 50 ml

          Exfoliates, smoothes and tones

          980 ₽

          La Roche-Posay Physiological Gentle scrub for all skin types

          Soft scrub for all skin types 50 ml


          1307 ₽

          Bioderma Sebium Gumming Gel

          Gumming gel for oily skin, 100 ml


          934 ₽

          Avene Gentle Facial Scrub Avene

          Gentle Facial Exfoliating Gel, 75 ml


          1281 ₽

          Tsururi Face scrub cream with volcanic clay, kaolin and brown sugar

          Face scrub cream with volcanic clay, kaolin and brown sugar 150 g

          Cleans the pores of the skin from impurities, excess sebum and dead skin cells

          1967 ₽


          Hydrophilic oil has a fat-dissolving effect, so it easily removes even thick makeup.The oil’s formula also helps to penetrate his pores. A massage is needed to help the oil work on open comedones. Massaging, we warm up the area, the oil better penetrates into the pore and literally pushes the cork out. This method does not give instant results, but it is the most delicate one. The effect will be noticeable with regular use.

          The skin house Hydrophilic cleansing oil

          Kumano cosmetics Oil for deep cleansing of the skin Pharmaact

          Oil for deep skin cleansing Pharmaact 160ml


          747 ₽

          Aravia Hydrophilic oil

          Make-Up Cleansing Oil with antioxidants and omega-6, 110 ml

          removes waterproof makeup and unclogs pores

          979 ₽

          Invit Hydrophilic oil for oily and combination skin

          Hydrophilic oil for oily and combination skin 110 ml

          Delicately removes impurities, excess sebum and removes makeup

          476 ₽


          More recently, specialists in the field of dermatology began to divide blackheads into open comedones, which should be dealt with, and sebaceous threads – outwardly similar to comedones, but are a normal condition of the pores.

          Previously, any noticeable pore on the face was considered open comedones. Indeed, if you look closely, you can find many dark spots on oily skin. But most of them are not comedones. Sebum is constantly produced in the hair follicle and is naturally there. Closer to the surface, it is darker than inside, so it looks like a black dot against the background of light skin. However, it differs in texture from comedone. This is not solidified fat, this is the so-called “greasy thread” – liquid sebum.Such “blackheads” do not need to be removed mechanically, as this greatly injures the skin.

          Differences between closed comedones and sebaceous threads

          • Texture: comedone – a cork of solidified sebum with a hard dark head; sebaceous threads – sebum lining the pore, which is difficult to remove from the pores.
          • Color: comedone has a pronounced black color, the top of the sebaceous filaments can be yellow or gray, less noticeable
          • The head of the comedone is located close to the surface of the skin; the top of the sebaceous thread can be much deeper.


          The skin needs a certain amount of sebum to stay healthy, so the purpose of the care is not to completely get rid of sebum, but to adjust its production in the amount necessary for protection, but not in excess.

          Preventive care has three steps:

          • Cleansing,
          • Exfoliation,
          • Humidification.


          Thorough cleansing does not mean constant, but regular. It is enough to wash your face 2 times a day: in the morning and in the evening. Excessive cleansing can lead to increased production of sebum. Washing must include a cleanser and, if necessary, a separate make-up remover.

          A few rules to help cleanse to minimize the contact of bacteria on the skin:

          • Wash hands with soap and water before washing
          • Do not use cloth towels, replace with paper towels
          • Change pillowcases more often
          • Don’t touch your face with your hands during the day
          • Wipe the phone with antibacterial wipes
          • Thoroughly cleanse the skin after training
          • Clean makeup brushes / sponges regularly


          Regular exfoliation helps the skin to quickly get rid of dead cells and prevent dead tissue from clogging the sebaceous ducts.

          Lotions, serums or creams with AHA acids or keratolics are suitable for home exfoliation.

          AHA micellar water 4 in 1 with AHA

          Avene Cleanance Expert Sebum-regulating kerato-regulating emulsion

          Aravia professional AHA Glycolic Tonic

          AHA Glycolic Tonic with fruit acids, 250 ml

          Has a light brightening effect.Prepares the skin for further intensive care.

          910 ₽


          To moisturize oily skin, choose light-textured products with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe extract.It can be creams, fluids, serums, masks.

          VICHY Mineral Serum Daily Serum for Exposed Skin

          Mineral 89 daily gel serum for exposed skin, 50 ml

          Daily Serum Gel for Aggressive Skin

          1261 ₽

          Bark Moisturizing cream mask with hyaluronic acid and algae

          Moisturizing cream mask with hyaluronic acid and algae 100 ml

          Instantly hydrates and restores the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms.

          539 ₽

          Avene, Hydrance Aqua Gel

          Hydrans Aqua-gel 50 ml

          Keeps you hydrated, soft and comfortable

          1618 ₽

          As practice shows, despite the fact that blackheads are the initial stage of acne, too serious an attitude towards them and active exposure can lead to negative consequences.

          To avoid them, you should:

          • Do not try to get rid of comedones by squeezing them out,
          • Wash your hands thoroughly before cleansing your skin,
          • pay special attention to frequently inflamed areas of the face,
          • do not use scrubs on areas with inflammation,
          • After cleansing the pores, “close” them with alcohol-containing lotions.

          As with any skin problem, closed comedones can be managed with systematic and regular care, which you can choose for yourself using this article or by contacting our specialists for help.

          Author – Ulyana Kurova.

          90,000 Pus is released through the pores on the face. Clogged pores on the nose

          Oily skin on the nose is considered a very common problem. This zone is characterized not only by the appearance of an ugly shine, but also by the formation of acne and acne. Special cosmetics and lifestyle correction will help to cope with this violation.


          The appearance of an oily shine on the nose is associated with an excess of sebaceous glands in this area. They cover almost the entire body. The only exceptions are palms and feet. However, it is in the T-zone that their number is maximum.

          Of course, do not think that the absence of the sebaceous glands is a favorable sign. They help maintain skin hydration and elasticity, which is a reliable prevention of wrinkles.

          The maximum volume of sebum begins to be produced during adolescence.This process continues until the moment the body develops – up to about 25 years.

          After 40 years, the activity of the sebaceous glands decreases markedly. In the same period, the balance of hormones changes significantly and general aging of the body is observed. However, age is far from the only reason for the activation of the functions of the sebaceous glands.

          These problems are caused by the following factors:

          • disruption of the nervous system;
          • problems in the functioning of the digestive system and endocrine glands;
          • 90,047 eating disorders;

          • accumulation of a large number of toxins in the body.

          Excess fat accumulates in the enlarged pores. As a result, they become clogged with sebaceous plugs. This creates the prerequisites for the appearance of comedones and acne.

          What to do

          To get rid of oily skin on the nose, it is very important to determine the causes of this problem. If it is caused by a hormonal imbalance due to adolescence, it is very important to provide the dermis with adequate care.

          Serious lifestyle correction is of no small importance.

          Normalize power supply

          Violations in the menu have a negative effect on the condition of the dermis. Many foods provoke the activation of the functions of the sebaceous glands. To minimize the occurrence of such problems, it is necessary to consume a lot of vitamins and drink enough fluids.

          Fresh fruits and vegetables will help improve skin condition. Also, experts advise to use nuts and natural juices.

          At the same time, there are a number of products that are contraindicated in case of excessive fat content of the epithelium on the nose.The main recommendation is to stop eating simple carbohydrates. Experts advise to completely remove sweets, sugar, cakes from the menu.

          It is these products that increase the fat content of the dermis and can even lead to the formation of acne. In addition, it is very important to eliminate caffeine intake and avoid excess protein foods.


          If unwanted oily shine appears on the nose, you need to use a special cleansing foam to cleanse the dermis.

          An excellent solution to this problem would be a combination of soap and salt.

          If your skin doesn’t respond well to soap, you can use oatmeal. To do this, pour a couple of tablespoons of oatmeal with boiling water to get a gruel. It must be applied to the nose, performing gentle massaging movements.


          Women with oily skin should not use alcohol-based lotions. They dry out the dermis, which ultimately will cause even greater activation of the sebaceous glands.As a result, the problem will only get worse.

          To give the epidermis the required tone, it is recommended to make products based on herbal infusions. They must have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. In this case, mint, yarrow, sage are ideal.

          To cope with oily sheen, it is recommended to add finely ground natural powder to such products.

          Review of suitable cosmetics

          To cope with a problem, it is very important to carefully consider the process of choosing cosmetics.

          1. Buy an exceptionally high quality foundation.
            The use of different products for the T-zone and the rest of the face will help to cope with the problem.
          2. Be sure to use powder.
            This is the easiest way to deal with oily nose shine.
          3. You can take matting wipes to work or study.
            This will help maintain an attractive appearance throughout the day.
          4. Use cosmetics that are suitable for the skin type.
          5. Choose therapeutic cosmetics with the most natural composition.

          When choosing cosmetics, you need to pay special attention to its composition. It must contain ingredients that have sebum-regulating characteristics. These include extracts of citrus fruits – orange, lemon or grapefruit. Mint and cinnamon have similar properties.

          Do not neglect the beneficial properties of minerals. White or blue clay will help to cope with the greasy shine on the nose.

          An excellent option would be cosmetic products made on the basis of Dead Sea minerals.

          Thanks to the regular use of such products, it will be possible to forget about the problems of excessive dermis oily content forever.

          Video: In a beauty salon

          How to get rid of oily skin on the nose at home

          To deal with oily skin, you can use effective homemade recipes:

          • Yogurt based mask. To prepare it, you need to purchase low-fat milk and put a slice of black bread in it. Then the mixture should be removed to a warm place for a day. After the specified time, the yogurt will be ready.

          To use it, fold gauze in several layers, moisten in liquid and apply to oily skin areas for 20 minutes. After that, rinse with warm water and dry your face with a towel. This tool not only effectively cleanses, but also perfectly nourishes the dermis.

          • Washing liquid. Pour a tablespoon of grapefruit juice into a glass of mineral water. Use this product to wash your face in the morning. Sauerkraut juice will be an equally effective remedy. They need to rinse their faces, let them dry, and then wash with cool water.
          • Healthy yeast mask.
            Take half a packet of live yeast and mix with milk to make a liquid. Apply a thin layer to the skin and leave to dry. Then the composition should be washed off with cool water.

          After the completion of the procedure, the skin is treated with a cream.It is recommended to use the product once a day at night.

          • Protein-lemon mask.
            To prepare it, beat the egg white and add a little lemon zest. Treat problem areas with the resulting composition. After a quarter of an hour, you can wash with warm water.
          • Lemon Yeast Mask.
            To get this healthy product, you need to take 20 g of dry yeast and combine with a little milk. Also add a small spoonful of lemon juice to the mixture.The resulting product is recommended to treat the nose. After 15 minutes, you can wash yourself with warm water or special milk.
          • Cucumber mask.
            To make it, mix crushed cucumber with boric acid in a 6: 1 ratio. The resulting composition is applied to the nose for 10 minutes, after which they are washed with warm water.

          To permanently cope with excess skin shine, you need to provide a whole range of measures. To combat unpleasant symptoms, you can use the services of a beautician or resort to folk remedies.

          In any case, the methods of therapy are based on general rules, which include the following:

          1. Use special cleaning compounds that have a neutral-alkaline balance. This category includes gels and soaps, as well as makeup remover liquids.
          2. Provide the skin with a sufficient level of hydration.
          3. Refuse to squeeze out acne, as this creates the prerequisites for infection. It is much better to use products that have exfoliating properties.
          4. Avoid applying excessive amounts of foundation or powder, as this will cause severe contamination of the pores.

          5. Eat right, excluding the consumption of sweets, smoked meats, fried foods. Also, experts advise to reduce the amount of salt.
          6. Use a gel and a brush when washing your face to get rid of dirt. First, you need to use hot water, which helps open the pores. At the end, the face is rinsed with cool water.
          7. Every day, use creams that help moisturize the skin.
          8. Three times a week, use a scrub that provides good cleansing of the skin.
          9. To achieve a better opening of the pores, you can use steam baths.

          To cope with severe oily dermis, artificial tanning should be avoided. The fact is that irradiation in a tanning bed heats up the skin, triggering hormonal changes in it. As a result, the activity of the sebaceous glands increases significantly.

          In addition, you can only touch your nose with clean hands or special napkins. It is recommended that you wash your makeup brushes every week to prevent infection of the dermis.

          Oily skin on the nose is quite common and can be associated with a variety of factors. To cope with this problem, you need to provide the dermis with complete care, adjust nutrition and use folk remedies.

          Clean, fresh skin looks attractive even without makeup.On the contrary, if the pores on the face are enlarged, clogged, inflamed, then it looks repulsive. But black dots are not only an aesthetic problem. If you do not take measures to remove them in time, they turn into comedones, acne, and this is already a dermatological disease. To prevent and combat it, one should not only visit a beautician, but also cleanse the pores on the face at home. It is necessary to carry out the procedure for any type of epithelium, it is especially important for oily epithelium.

          Causes of clogged pores

          Everyone has pores on their faces.Through them, the dermis “breathes”, through them sebum is released, which is necessary to protect against negative external influences. People, who have almost no protective fat layer, notice signs of aging on their faces earlier, but the owners of a fatty type of dermis also have a hard time. They have, as a rule, it is dense, with wide pores, excess sebum, covering the face with a greasy layer, creates an unattractive shine.

          Most often, it is those who have naturally enlarged pores that suffer from pore blockage.This usually happens with an oily type of face, in which there is also intense sebum secretion, which aggravates the problem. Dust and dirt get into the pores, blocking the exit of sebum, which accumulates in the pores. Inflammation in such a situation is almost inevitable. As a result, acne appears on the face, which create many problems, up to low self-esteem, self-loathing. The more sebum is secreted, the higher the risk of acne.

          The reasons for the increased formation of fat are most often a genetic predisposition, metabolic disorders due to hormonal surges, and malnutrition.So, love for flour, sweet, fatty and all kinds of smoked meats is reflected on the face with black dots and pimples.

          Clogged pores can also occur with a normal level of sebum production, if it is difficult to get out of it due to the use of improper decorative cosmetics.

          How to clean your face at home

          Pore cleansing should be carried out regularly, regardless of the type of dermis. You can focus on the following recommendations: for oily skin, it is recommended to use scrubs in a day or two, in addition, about once a week or a little less often, it is desirable to carry out a deeper cleansing.With normal skin, procedures are carried out twice less often, with dry skin – 3-4 times less often, that is, in this case it is necessary to use a scrub twice a month, and deep cleaning is carried out only if necessary.

          There are several methods of cleaning pores that can be successfully used at home. The easiest and safest one is to use cleansing masks. They can be of several types. Gelatin film mask allows you to “pull out” the dirt from the pores, it is especially good when you need to cleanse the pores on the nose.Egg helps at the same time “close” the pores, tighten the skin. The kaolin mask perfectly removes all impurities, smoothes the epithelium and gives the face a fresh tone, mattifies. Pore ​​cleansing with its help can be used at any age, even when caring for mature skin. A soda mask that acts like a scrub is considered quite effective. When you need to cleanse your nose of fat spots, this tool is ideal. Oatmeal mask has a complex effect: cleanses, nourishes, balances. For detailed recipes for each mask, read the article below.

          The second method is deep cleaning of pores. It is produced in several stages:

          1. Washing with a special product: gel, foam, camphor soap cream.
          2. Face steaming. During this procedure, the pores expand even more, the skin softens, so that afterwards it is possible to better cleanse the nose from blackheads, remove blackheads on the forehead, chin mechanically or in another way. You can soar your face by bending over a container of hot liquid in which soda or a decoction of medicinal herbs is previously dissolved.The fire should be minimal, the exit of the steam should be blocked by covering with a towel. Steaming takes 10-15 minutes. If the skin is very sensitive, then it is better to steam it at home with compresses: dipping a cloth napkin in a hot (moderately) infusion or decoction of herbs, applying it to your face for a couple of minutes.
          3. Now it’s time to move on to removing blackheads. The mechanical method, when they are simply squeezed out with your fingers, is effective, but risky. With it, it is important to maintain sterility so as not to spread the infection throughout the face.At home, it is better to choose a safer way: using a scrub or using a cleansing mask.
          4. After removing the mask, after the required time (usually 10-20 minutes), the pores must be tightened. For this purpose, special masks and tonics are used at home. You can simply wipe your face with a piece of ice, a slice of lemon, juice from raw potatoes. After using a cleansing mask with egg white, lemon, there is no need to take additional measures to narrow the pores.
          5. Finish with a moisturizing and soothing cream. You can replace it with aloe gel or the juice of this plant.

          The third method is honey massage. It will appeal to those who are looking for a way to cleanse the pores on the nose without purchasing a special patch. The honey is melted and applied to the nose and other problem areas. After five minutes, you need to touch your fingertips to the skin and tear them off sharply. A kind of vacuum is created and impurities are pulled out of the pores.All that remains is to wash your face and tighten your pores. The procedure is contraindicated for those who are allergic to bee products.

          You can remove blackheads from your nose with a special plaster. The adhesive applied to it begins to act on contact with water and dissolves the sebum. You need to wet the nose, stick a plaster on it, after a while remove it – all the dirt will remain on it. Cleaning the pores on the nose in this way is safe and painless.

          How to keep the effect for a long time

          In order for the effect to last for a long time, you need to exclude fried, fatty, flour, sweet, smoked products from the diet and start taking proper care of your face:

          1. Twice a day, cleanse your face with cleansers, toners, lotions.
          2. Do not abuse decorative cosmetics.
          3. Regularly use scrubs, cleansing masks that are easy to make at home.

          Masks for cleaning pores on the nose and face

          For the preparation of cleansing masks, you can use proven recipes:

          • Gelatinous
            . Pour a bag of gelatin with three tablespoons of water or milk, heat in a water bath until it is completely dissolved, when it cools down, beat the protein into the mass.The composition is applied to the face warm, waiting for solidification, removed from the bottom up. For greater effect, you can add a tablet of crushed activated carbon when dissolving gelatin. This hand-made mask is no less effective than similar commercial products.
          • Egg
            . Combine the protein with juice from one lemon, beat, add a few drops of tea tree ether.
          • Oat
            . Brew oatmeal with hot water or milk, wait until it swells, apply thickly on the face, wait a quarter of an hour, rinse.
          • Egg and oat
            . A large spoonful of oatmeal is mixed with whipped protein, used as oatmeal.
          • Kaolinic
            . White clay is diluted with warm water or milk to the consistency of sour cream. For problem skin, you can replace half of the white clay with blue. At home, this mask is most often made.
          • Soda
            . Three teaspoons of baking soda should be mixed with one teaspoon of melted honey. Apply by lightly massaging. Before removing, you can carry out a honey massage according to the method described above.
          • Berry
            . Five berries of strawberries or grapes need to be kneaded, mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice, egg white. In addition, it is necessary to regularly wipe the face with tonics that narrow the pores. You can replace the tonic with cucumber lotion or cucumber juice, citrus juice (you can just cut off a slice and wipe your face with it), potato juice. A good result is given by rubbing the face with a piece of ice. It is better to freeze not just water, but birch sap, a decoction of chamomile, calendula.

          Deep cleaning of pores: advice from a cosmetologist

          Blackheads on the face can cause acne.Clogged pores need to be cleaned. Pore ​​cleaning can also be carried out at home. Preventive measures will not allow the pores to clog, and the effect after the procedure will last for a long time.

          Some women are very upset with enlarged pores on the face, and some do not even know about their existence. If you belong to the first category of women, there is no need to be upset. Of course, we cannot change our skin type, but it is in our power to make it better. In fact, everyone has mouths or pores of the sebaceous glands.In some people, they are almost invisible, while in others, due to enlarged pores, the skin resembles an orange peel or the surface of a thimble.

          Unfortunately, even the best laser cannot make smooth porous skin. The good news, however, is that enlarged pores can be shrunk, cleansed, and masked.

          How to remove enlarged pores?

          In fact, oily skin with enlarged pores is not so bad – it ages more slowly and retains the greatest supply of vitality.But if you do not take care of such skin, it quickly loses its attractiveness, becomes rough, thick and looks untidy. Proper care for porous oily skin, both in the salon and at home, consists in reducing the thickness of the stratum corneum, reducing the secretion of the sebaceous glands and optimizing the release of sebum to the surface.

          What determines the pore size?

          Pore size is determined by male hormone levels and heredity. The male hormone androgen stimulates the production of sebaceous glands.In people with dry skin, the pores are invisible, in people with oily skin, the pores are usually enlarged. Pore ​​size is directly related to fat production – the more fat is produced, the wider the pores, and vice versa. The elasticity of collagen fibers decreases – it becomes more difficult for them to keep the skin toned. In addition, ultraviolet and sun exposure weakens and damages skin cells around the pores, which causes their walls to stretch. “Dirt” is sebum that changes color upon contact with oxygen.It oxidizes and darkens. Bacteria proliferate in sebum. Also, melanin (skin pigment) gets into it, in some amount, therefore, the darker the skin, the darker the fat.
          Enlarged pores of the facial skin on its surface mean active sebaceous glands under its surface. Under the surface of the skin, excess oil accumulates, dead cells that clog pores and cause acne. Chronic acne can enlarge and stretch pores. It is not necessary to squeeze out pimples, as this damages the tissue around the pores.Regular and proper cleansing is essential in the care of porous skin. The more fat accumulates in the ducts of the glands, the more the mouths stretch. Stuck fat in the pores goes rancid, so sometimes an unpleasant odor emanates from the skin.

          All dermatologists recommend cleaning the skin in the morning and evening with soft gels or foams that do not contain soap. They wash and loosen fatty acids. The water should be cool or warm, as hot water expands the pores. Ideally wash your face with mineral water or boiled water.In the morning, it is enough to use a light cleanser or just wash your face and wipe your face with tonic. The evening procedure should begin with the removal of makeup using a special lotion, after which the remaining lotion, sebum and sweat are washed off with water and a cleanser. It is useful to sprinkle the face with thermal water at the end of washing. Since often after washing, a feeling of constriction appears, but it does not mean at all that the pores have shrunk. This simply indicates that aggressive detergents have dissolved the hydrolipid film, which retains moisture.Such funds only temporarily remove fat, but then the sebaceous glands begin to produce it even more. It must be remembered that the more you degrease the skin, the more actively it will produce sebum, and therefore the fatter the skin of the face, the wider the pores.

          The layer of keratinized epithelium, how to deal with it.

          Porous skin has a thick layer of keratinized epithelium, which thickens even more with age. Therefore, it regularly needs to be exfoliated with scrubs or peels.But make sure that they do not injure the epidermis, so it is better to use softer gommages that do not contain solid particles. Such funds are used no more than 1-2 times a week. Not so long ago, “thermal scrubs” appeared on the market, which warm up the skin, the pores expand and this provides deep cleansing due to the fact that the active ingredients penetrate inside. The action of thermal scrubs is based on the content of locally irritating components in it: arnica, red pepper, cinnamon, camphor.They cause vasodilation by stimulating the sensitive receptors of the skin and open the pores, thereby allowing blood flow. Due to this, dirt is better removed. The best time to apply peels is evening.
          Exfoliating masks are also helpful to tighten pores and remove excess oil. The mouth of the sebaceous glands tightens well masks based on clay, and especially blue.
          Masks can be applied 1-2 times a week. In the morning or in the evening, apply on well-cleansed skin for 10-15 minutes.After this procedure, your pores will become noticeably narrower for a few days.

          Enlarged pores of the facial skin, treatment with folk remedies.

          If you are a fan of home cosmetology, you can make face masks from acidic products: low-fat cottage cheese, kefir, sorrel, strawberries, red and black currants. Lemon juice or sauerkraut juice is also helpful. But it is necessary to ensure that the mask does not dry out on the face, otherwise creases may form. Rinse your face after 5-7 minutes with cool water.

          Creams and serums.

          Special serums and creams specially developed for porous skin will make the basic treatment more effective. Since these products help to narrow the pores, and also improve the complexion. They will have a gradual effect by strengthening the pore stacks, as well as an instant effect – they will give the skin a matte finish thanks to the optical diffusers. Natural plant extracts (for example, soy protein) in the composition of such serums and creams prevent collagen breakdown in the skin, providing the walls of the sebaceous glands’ mouths with elasticity.

          Blackheads are a common problem that affects all skin types, especially oily skin. Black and white spots tend to appear around the nose, cheeks, chin, or forehead.
          Blackheads are formed by coarsening of sebum that forms in the pores of the skin or sebaceous glands. They are a direct result of clogged skin pores and dead skin cells.
          White spots on the skin – small, light, slightly raised above the skin. They can be caused by excessive sebum production.White dots are usually seen as small white dots around the eyes. The same lotions, creams and masks work well for eliminating whiteheads.
          Unfortunately, it is not possible to reduce the size of your skin pores, but you can minimize the amount of debris that gets into and stuck in them.
          To prevent the appearance of blackheads, you must strictly follow the body care regimen. Cleansing your skin daily is very important. Wash your face at least twice a day using oil-free and alcohol-free products.

          Exfoliate dead skin three times a week; Apply a hard sponge in a circular motion to all affected areas of the skin, usually the nose, forehead and chin. Exfoliation will renew the skin and make it smooth, and by unclogging the pores, it will prevent further damage and pigmentation of the dots. Regular cleansing will keep your skin clean, but it is not enough to do away with blackheads, as dead skin cells, oil and pigments accumulate deep in the pores.If you want more serious cleansing, you should use a facial cleansing lotion and toner that contains salicylic acid every morning and evening. You should avoid using lotions that are too drying because they can increase the chances of skin irritation and acne breakouts.

          Daytime moisturizers help the skin to maintain its elasticity and moisture. It is important to keep your skin clean, hydrated and properly cared for in order to prevent blackheads, whiteheads and acne from forming.

          Another solution to the problem of blackheads and acne is to use strips to unclog pores. Sebum is released from the pores, which creates dirt on the nose, chin or forehead. The strip is applied to damp skin for a few minutes and then removed.

          Another option you can do is ask your dermatologist to prescribe several medications for you, such as vitamins C and A, for example. These vitamins will speed up cell renewal and prevent pores from clogging up with old skin cells.

          Steam treatment of leather is very useful for getting rid of debris that is stuck in the pores of the skin. It is also worth steaming the face for people with oily or combination skin. Steam helps control blemishes, cleanse the face, open pores and soften blackheads.
          Boil a cup of water and remove from the stove. Place your face directly over the bowl and cover your head with a small towel to prevent steam from being lost because it will be more effective in opening pores.
          After heating the skin with steam, wrap the cloth around each finger and apply gentle pressure to each area of ​​the blackheads.Squeeze out the black dots on both sides by lightly pressing your fingers.

          • Hard extrusion should not be used as it almost always leads to painful acne formation.
          • Never use your nails for this, as they can be dirty and can lead to further infection.
          • Never pierce acne as this will touch the adjacent skin and leave a scar, usually followed by dark or red spots.


          Lime Leaf Lotion

          • 30 gr. lime leaves
          • 300 ml. mineral water
          • 1/2 teaspoon salt

          Boil water, put lime leaves in there and leave for a while. Stir the salt in it. Mix everything well. Apply the mixture on the face using a cotton cloth. The lotion removes spots and small pimples.

          Deep Pore Cleaning with Salt

          • 4 teaspoons of baking soda
          • 1 cup of mineral water

          Steam your face.Stir baking soda in hot water. Apply on face until the entire face is covered. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes until it cools down. Finally, apply a moisturizer. The mask cleanses the pores well and deeply and helps to remove dead skin cells from the face.

          Acne Remover

          • 2 tablespoons oat flour
          • 1 teaspoon honey

          Mix honey and oats together well. Preheat the mixture in the microwave. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.Remove the mixture and rinse well with warm water. Apply the mask regularly to remove clogged pores.

          Skin and pores: the ugly truth 08/13/03
          Section: Facial skin care
          It would seem, what is mysterious about the formation of blackheads? Normally, healthy pores produce some sebum that spreads over the skin’s surface to form an elusive protective film. The amount of sebum is regulated almost exclusively at the hormonal level. As soon as hormones tell the skin to produce more sebum, or the time is clogged with dead cells, a black dot appears (on oily skin) or white on dry skin.Make-up products or skincare residues begin to build up in the pore. If the pore is open, then these unpleasant substances are exposed to air and begin to oxidize, acquiring a black color. If the pore is closed, then they remain white, forming a “grain” under the skin.

          The bitter truth is that no cosmetic product can be considered one hundred percent non-comedogenic, that is, not clogging pores – if only because there is no single standard for such labeling.The cosmetics industry uses over 50,000 different ingredients, each of which the skin reacts differently to. For example, triglycerides, myristates and palmitates are considered typical comedogens – however, the latter very rarely cause irritation in owners of dry skin, but they should get on a shiny nose – and hello! The same goes for ascorbic palmitate – our friend vitamin C, which is used in micro doses and is practically harmless to the skin.So it is not the very fact of the presence of certain comedogens in the cream that is important, but their quantity. If they are at the end of the list of ingredients, that is, their content is very small, and the problem is not great. If they are in the first, second or third place – think about whether it is worth the risk.

          It is believed that moisturizers for normal to dry skin are absolutely not suitable for combination and oily skin, and only gels and fluids, necessarily without oil (oil-free), can serve as suppliers of moisture for oily skin.Oftentimes, the phrase oil-free makes poor women with oily skin and enlarged pores buy cosmetics that actually clog the pores even more. For example, the so-called “micro-sponges”, which eliminate shine by being saturated with sebum and bacteria, turn into a source of infection.

          It remains to rely on luck and tactile sensations. A thick cream is almost likely to cause clogged pores, whereas a serum or gel, especially one based on water or silicone, is safer.Please note that preparations containing vegetable or mineral oils do not necessarily cause inflammation. The supposedly beneficial ingredients have a much greater “acne-forming” potential: menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, lemon, grapefruit, lime – all these ingredients irritate the skin and therefore will not contribute to the healing of already existing inflammations. Many people confuse the feeling of coldness on the skin with a healing effect. Most often, these non-greasy products end up as a hand or even foot cream.It’s good if bona fide sellers offer you a sample.

          How to avoid clogged pores?

          1. Use mild, water-soluble cleaning agents (not hard soaps!). Substances that give the soap a solid appearance can cause skin cells to die off faster by accumulating in the pores. Finding a mild cleanser is easy, but be careful: products that are too mild (“moisturizers”) can leave a greasy film on the skin with predictable results. If you are using matte or compact foundations, you will need a special sponge or terrycloth to cleanse your face.To prevent bacteria from multiplying in it, rinse it with an antibacterial agent every night.

          2. Regularly use peels, scrubs, gommages, which will remove dead cells from the skin surface and cleanse the pores themselves from the inside. This delicate work will allow the pores to “breathe” and release sebum to the skin’s surface unhindered. Keep in mind that the inside of the pore is covered with skin cells, which also die off and clog it. And most importantly, don’t overdo your exfoliation. The best exfoliants are lotions with 1% or 2% beta-hydroxy acid and salicylic acid.Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used.


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